Security in the IT arena is not a new topic, but corporate awareness of its presence (or lack thereof) is at an all-time high. Not a day goes by without seeing a headline somewhere relating to stolen data, hacked company computers or leaked private information. When Sony’s Playstation® Network got hacked, there were estimates reported around $24 billion in losses. Then there were security breaches at Citigroup or Lockheed Martin. They were both juggernauts of industry with hardened defenses and yet were victims of stolen sensitive information. It appears no one is safe, but does obscurity or anonymity still qualify as protection for your small organization?
A few weeks ago I was sitting in a board room discussion with a couple of partners at a smaller private CPA firm and the topic of their network security came up. Mind you, these two gentlemen had a basic understanding of technology as most business owners do, but could not wrap their heads around why it was so important to purchase and install a firewall Trizetto login. A firewall! The most basic of network security devices and here I was trying to justify such a basic, yet mandatory, investment to any business, much less a financial firm.
It was a confirmation of a truth that is common no matter the size of the company. That truth is simple – most business owners have a difficult time appreciating or valuing technology unless they have experienced some type of pain relating to technology. That pain may be lost data, bad support, frustrating software… etc. Whenever I meet with prospective clients, one of the questions I ask in the beginning is “Are you ‘technology dependent’ or ‘technology strategic’?” This sets the tone for what direction we recommend.
This question has been in the minds of most folks. In the midst of the uprising technology advances we are also faced with lots of negative effects we see today. This question is actually related with life and medicine as technology has solved a lot of our health problems in the past that was almost impossible to deal with. But could technology really help resolve our planet’s problems? Only we can answer it.
We all have faced the same problems that the other folk has. Technology for that matter really affected lots of our life’s aspect that we are so reliant on it. But as we progress in the search for better and better technology we are given with another set of problems. And what’s so devastating about these problems is that we cannot readily eliminate it without having to affect our life still.
But the good news is that we actually do have the technology to counter these negative effects. And what are these negative effects? Take pollution for instance. This is one negative effect of progress we all have been dealing with since we appreciate the importance of using power. In fact we cling to it like we cannot live a life without it. This in turn made our life easier on some parts and harder on some.
We need technology to make lives easier today. With so many jobs that need to be done on a day we surely needed some help with it. This is where we have benefited a lot of things from technology. We can do multitude of task with lesser time involved thus making the most of what we have.
If we have the technology to counter the negative effects of progress then why do we still have these problems today? The very simple reason for this is we, ourselves. We love technology yet we do not really care much about technology. We are so focused on things that we see important but then we seldom see the reality that our environment suffers from our actions. In fact, if we are to utilize our technology to help our environment, we can lessen our sufferings in a year. Yet we are so consistent on using technology but then left our environment to rot.
This thinking should be changed today. Our environment is where we live in. It is where we acquire all our needs to enjoy life and technology. We must think about that in order to enjoy technology we have to bring about environmental awareness and concern. One can never enjoy technology without an environment to live in. Learning how to use natural energy is easier than what you may have thought. If we work this out together, progress can always be a helping hand and not a problem.