Are you Cyber Aware?

Are you Cyber Aware?

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Cyber awareness training is a hot topic for businesses across the world. And, it is no wonder. The number of targeted cyber attacks continues to grow, and the expanse of data that is regularly being compromised is astounding. Just ask Sony.

In 2011 when Leon Panetta was before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing for appointment as Secretary of Defense, he state, “The next Pearl Harbor we confront could very well be a cyber attack that cripples our power systems, our grid, our security systems, our financial systems, our governmental systems.”

That may be an aggressive view, and have shades of a doomsday, but since that hearing, cyber attacks on financial institutions, insurance companies, retailers, and even the U.S. government has increased. Personal data is a hot commodity in some parts of the world, with many of the recent cyber attacks coming from Russia, China, and North Korea.

Massachusetts was one of the first states in the U.S. to enact a far-reaching data privacy law that requires entities that collect personal information on a Massachusetts resident, regardless of what state the entity is in, to properly secure the data. This applies to entities of all sizes and types, including commercial properties and corporations that collect personal data from visitors.

This is a two-edged sword. In order to protect facilities and their employees, visitors must be screened, and processed through a visitor management system. The handwritten logbooks of old simply do not work to keep individuals that intend harm out of a property. And, visitor sign-in logbooks also do not adequately protect the personal data collected, as required by law.

So what is the solution when you need to protect the personal data of visitors and protect the premises? The best solution is a web-based visitor management system, like iVisitor from Veristream.  Designed to be an accurate visitor management system that increases premises security, it also protects personal data of visitors.

The vast majority of visitor management software systems that are resident on a network, do not meet the recommended minimum requirements for data privacy laws. The reason? Because the network and personal data can be easily compromised if a computer is left logged on to the network, or if someone internally, with access to the network, chooses to compromise the data.

With iVisitor, that threat is minimized. As neither the software, nor the personal data of visitors is resident on a computer, it is less likely to be compromised. Through state-of-the-art technology and SAML 2.0, personal data is secured. In addition, in the event of an attack, IT staffs are left scrambling to protect data, install patches, and alert management. With iVisitor, since the software, and the data is stored offsite, all necessary patches and software upgrades are handled automatically, without the need for intervention from an onsite IT department.

The world as we knew it 25 years ago, is dramatically different, and continues to change every day. Protecting your organization from a cyber attack must be of primary concern. Your critical IT infrastructure, proprietary information, employee data, and corporate financial data must be protected to prevent attacks that can compromise your organization. You can trust iVisitor to streamline your visitor management protocols while increasing premises security and the security of the personal data of your visitors.

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