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Executive Privacy: Don’t Let Hackers Put You in the News

Most high-ranking officials and executives know that a heavy dose of scrutiny is a normal part of the job. Shareholders of public companies, journalists, government agencies and the general public hold you under a microscope, and the details they dig up can run the gamut from a professional track record to personal habits.

Perhaps the most familiar form of this hyper-focused public attention is the kind that accompanies political campaigns. Candidates are almost always subjected to having every detail of their lives cast into the public’s view, and the areas of focus often change based on the political climate and current events.

And right now, cyber security is the hot topic.

With 2016 presidential election campaigns kicking into high gear, the candidates’ cyber security practices are being carefully dissected to determine whether they’re taking the right precautions to safeguard themselves and the sensitive information entrusted to them.

As pundits and political journalists dive in to the cyber defense history of presidential hopefuls, executives and high-ranking officers outside of the political race should take note. It would be just as easy for your privacy practices to end up drawing the wrong kind of attention.

If you are concerned about inadequate executive privacy and cyber security practices damaging your reputation or the reputation of your company, there are a number of actions you can take to improve your security posture.

  1. Get training for yourself and your employees. Cyber security best practices are ever-changing as threats evolve, and we put more of our businesses and ourselves online. There may also be industry and technology specific considerations you need to be aware of to keep your company truly protected. Training from experienced cyber security professionals is the key to staying on top of threats and navigating the complex terrain.
  1. Champion security and privacy efforts. Executive sponsorship and governance are important for making any privacy and security effort a success. Be a visible and consistent proponent of a comprehensive program for your organization. If your organization’s board isn’t on board, campaign to get them there. Advocate the importance of safe security practices to your staff. Your support is key in not only the implementation of a security program, but also its adoption and continuous implementation.
  1. Get a risk assessment. You need to know your risk, rather than wondering if threats could be lurking in your systems – both the ones you use personally and your organization’s. Get a thorough system scan that can prioritize cyber security risks and give you actionable reports to work with.

Boosting your personal cyber security efforts, as well as your organization’s, can go a long way in protecting your information, networks and reputations…and keeping you out of the news (at least for cyber incidents). If you need a trustworthy and discrete partner to assist with improving your security posture or your company’s, Lunarline has a wide range of innovative products, services and training that are used by Fortune 500 organizations and government entities alike.

For more information, visit lunarline.com or contact us today to discuss a customized security solution.

About Spence Witten

Spence has somehow survived ten years at start-ups and small businesses without suffering a (major) nervous breakdown. As Lunarline's Director of Federal Sales, Spence actually loves working on proposals. If there were any doubt, this is proof that he is in fact certifiably insane. While his title says "Sales" Lunarline doesn't let him off that easy. We make him do real work, too. Luckily he's a recognized subject matter expert in security policy and loves helping clients navigate their way around tricky security compliance standards. He's also been known to lead a software development initiative or two, though that pretty much always ends poorly for everyone involved. He can be reached at spence.witten@lunarline.com.