Cybersecurity and Small Banks: What’s Next?

carrie_company_as_personCyber security is a burgeoning space driven by high-profile breaches, greater use of technology— particularly mobile devices—and more regulation. Banks of all sizes are targets simply as holders of lots of money.

Atrion recently completed a cyber security market study to gain insights on challenges, needs and preferences of 60 CIOs and CISOs from nearly ten banks. Here, I outline some of the key findings.

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Two Easy Ways to Operate Under the Assumption of Breach

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No matter how solid a company’s security strategy is, there are always potential exposure points that could result in sensitive data being leaked or stolen. In fact, according to the 2016 Cost of a Data Breach report by Ponemon Institute, the likelihood of experiencing a breach of 10,000 or more records in the next 24 months is 26 percent. With an average financial burden of $158 per lost or stolen record, companies can’t afford to not focus on strengthening data protection.

At a recent Atrion Technology and Innovation Forum focused on security, our company’s Technical Director Josh King said it’s no longer enough to think about if a breach will occur; rather, companies should begin asking “How often?” and operating under the “assumption of continuous breach.” When a company adopts this mindset, it understands it could possibly expose sensitive information at any time—no matter the strength of the company’s overarching security posture.

What are two things companies can do differently with this notion top of mind?

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Why Using a Telecom Agent Makes Sense for Your Business

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For many business and IT leaders, dealing with telecom carriers has long been a challenge. But today, with telecom so interconnected with IT solution design, building the right telecom infrastructure for specific business needs is more complex and critical than ever before. An experienced independent telecom agent can help solve many of the common telecom pain points business leaders face by assisting with solution procurement and design; carrier interactions; billing verification and more.

Here are a few of the primary advantages a telecom agent can offer your organization:

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Women in Leadership: Q&A with Entrepreneurial Executives’ Susan Keller

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**This ongoing series profiles female powerhouses who are making their mark in their leadership roles. In the spirit of paying it forward, each profiled women is asked to nominate another peer to fuel the series.**

A quick look at Susan Keller’s LinkedIn page tells you this woman knows a thing or two about what it means to be a “woman in leadership.”

After working as a Partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP for more than 22 years in Providence, Rhode Island, Susan founded her own company Entrepreneurial Executives. During her career she has also co-founded female advocacy groups, like the Women’s Entrepreneurial Council and the Women’s Association of Venture & Equity and currently chairs two chapters of the Women Presidents’ Organization.

She’s a clear powerhouse, luminary and thought leader but what’s perhaps most striking about her is the humility with which she carries herself. Susan’s confident yet welcoming; passionate yet calming. And she has an energy that is not only uplifting but contagious.

What follows is a glimpse of our conversation about what it takes to be an entrepreneur; the importance of female advocacy; and how to stay true to your personal brand…

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Your First AlwaysOn Technology Symposium… What You Can Expect

 

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By now, if you are an Atrion client, potential client or partner, you’ve probably heard of our annual AlwaysOn Technology Symposium, a one-day event designed to equip our attendees (IT decision makers) with the vision, perspectives and insights to emerge as even greater strategic assets for their organization.

This year’s event—taking place October 27, at the Rhode Island Convention Center—is centered upon the concept of “change,” more specifically on how IT leaders can drive favorable change in a number of pertinent technology areas including: cyber security, cloud orchestration, hyperconvergence, software-defined networking and NextGen endpoint security.

You’re curious about the event. So you’ve read the blogs about this year’s symposium; perused or event microsite; maybe even viewed our event promo video.

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3 Reasons to Be Excited About Microsoft Ignite

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Microsoft Ignite is one of the most popular technology conferences held each year, and the 2016 edition will be no different. This year’s conference, taking place September 26-30 in Atlanta, will feature more than 1,000 sessions on some of the hottest and most innovative trends and solutions in IT today.

While there are certainly a host of reasons to be excited about the sold out event, here are three that are particularly intriguing:

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ICYMI: August Blogs on Atrion’s AlwaysOn Technology Symposium and More

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August is typically associated with the “dog days” of summer, but here at Atrion we are as busy as ever. Between gearing up for the exciting deal with Carousel Industries (read more about that in this blog from Atrion CEO Tim Hebert), planning for the AlwaysOn Technology Symposium in October and continuing to provide the ultimate client experience, there’s not much downtime here at our Warwick headquarters.

Still, our roster of bloggers found time to produce some more great content this month, so let’s take a look at some of the top blogs from August:

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Expert Insights on O365 Exchange Migration, IT Talent Challenges and Information Security

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At some organizations, the morning chatter in the hallways is about a big game from the previous night or the most recent episode of a popular TV show. But at Atrion, the latest technology trends are usually the chosen topic of conversation.

And as an organization devoted to providing the ultimate client experience, we are committed to passing those conversations on from our hallways directly to you. With that in mind, here are a few thoughts recently expressed by some of our subject matter experts:

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