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In the world of business, you’ll inevitably hear about the many ways to beef up your cyber security to ensure your company’s and clients’ safety. However, another term is often heard when discussing cyber security: compliance. It’s not talked about as often, but both cyber security and compliance are essential for any business
Compliance helps businesses keep consumer information protected, and this compliance is fulfilled when businesses and organizations prove that their cyber security practices meet specific security regulations and standards set by third parties like government agencies. Compliance is not optional; businesses must meet these requirements to protect sensitive information as well as their clients. Failure to meet compliance requirements results in fines, penalties and
even legal ramifications.
If your business is compliant with its cyber security protocols, it’ll also appear more trustworthy to the clients and other businesses that work with you. One cyber security breach can permanently damage your company’s reputation. Customers will no longer want to do business with you for fear that their personal information could become compromised.
While cyber security and compliance sound fairly similar, there is a slight difference between them. Compliance is often driven by business needs rather than technical needs, whereas security is driven by the need to protect against constant threats. If you want to maximize your company’s cyber security practices, then you’ll need to go further.
Overall, compliance and cyber security should work hand in hand. Your initial cyber security plan should be based on compliance. You must know the standard requirements to remain compliant and put the necessary practices in place to achieve that status. This comes down to knowing the exact details of what is necessary to stay protected. You should be specific so your team knows exactly what is needed to protect your business.
You also need to make an effort to document your practices as frequently as possible. You should create a paper trail of everything you have done to stay compliant as well as your added cyber security practices. It can help to add potential audits and any frequency-bound events to your calendar so you don’t get blindsided or miss something important.
After you’ve gathered all of your evidence and put your cyber security and compliance protocols to work, you can automate many of your reports. That way, you won’t have to dig and pull data yourself in the future.
While it might seem like a lot of work to ensure your business remains compliant, companies out there can help. Managed IT services providers go above and beyond to ensure your cyber security
is bulletproof. While they are taking care of all of your IT needs, they are also ensuring your business remains compliant with any third-party governing bodies. New cyber security threats are introduced every day, and only with strong cyber security and compliance practices can you ensure your business is protected for the foreseeable future.
One of the best parts of my job is helping people strategize about their careers. Success at work plays a large role in how we view the successes in our lives. If someone doesn’t feel like they’re succeeding or fulfilled at work, they probably don’t feel like they’re living a very fulfilling life.
My team and I have advised many people from various backgrounds over the years. From billionaire entrepreneurs who are looking to brainstorm ideas for the next stage of their careers to private equity titans who are solely focused on deal making, I’ve learned that
background doesn’t always matter. People from nearly every background still have the same challenges when it comes to career management.
Luckily, there are three questions you can ask yourself to help decide the next steps you should take for your career.
First, ask yourself where your skills lie. You also need to gain an understanding of the work that you’re willing to do. Once you’ve found the sweet spot between your skills and what you’re willing to do, you’re ready for the next step.
You should then ask yourself about potential career paths. It’s best to come up with three career paths that you could realistically follow. While one could be a promotion or growing in your role, you should also consider working for other companies or even starting your own business.
The final question you should ask yourself relates to the people you know. You need to think about 10 people who can help you get your dream job. It’s not about putting out a blast message to all of your friends and followers on social media. Instead, you should focus on those who know your work ethic. Start with bosses who know of your work ethic and are well-respected. Any clients or customers who truly appreciate your work should also go on the list as well as well-connected friends and family – and even a recruiter or two. Once you’ve created a list of 10 people, send them all a message asking for ideas to help you land your dream job. Those brainstorming sessions could easily turn into referrals if done right.
Maybe one day, career management will be automated and our dream opportunities will approach us. But until then, it’ll take hard work to reach your goals. If you don’t know where to start, try asking yourself these three valuable questions.
Dr. Geoff Smart is the chairman and founder of ghSMART, a leadership consulting firm that exists to help leaders amplify their positive impact on the world. Dr. Smart and his firm have published multiple New York Times best-sellers. He stays active in his community and has advised many government officials.
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How can I protect my company from cyber-threats when I have no background in technology?
Don’t worry! You aren’t alone. Think of all the small businesses in your community and the breadth of their various expertise. Most business managers and executives are don’t have an extensive background in technology either.
The most important thing you can do is understand the business side of things.
Once you answer some of these operational questions, you can then use this information, along with that of a technology expert, to come up with a security strategy that suits your environment. The technology experts, on the other hand, are not going to be as knowledgeable about your business.
Therefore, anything you can communicate to them about what you do and why it matters will help them advise you on how technology can support your goals.
Strong communication and re-assessment of your security posture from a business management and technology standpoint produce some of the best results not only for security, but technology success as a whole.