Exactly How Good Is Good Enough For Data Security?

09 Sep Exactly How Good Is Good Enough For Data Security?

In the past 24 hours, I have read several articles that would make a small business owner like me throw his hands up in exasperation.

One article states that malware can actually spy on your Mac and read emails and text messages according to News360.
“Researchers have unearthed new malware that turns a Mac into a remote spying platform that is able to intercept e-mail and instant-message communications. The malware uses internal microphones and cameras to spy on people in the vicinity of the OS X machine.”

Are you kidding me?  Still aren’t a bit paranoid?  Try this one on for size.

“This innocent looking power strip can hack almost any computer network.”
Well, that is just great news.  I wonder what the government is going to do about this. Are companies that have computer networks supposed to stay this far ahead of the curve? What is a reasonable degree of security when even using a power strip or your Mac computer can result in cameras and exposed files?
I ask this because evidently the FTC seems to think that going after the victim is actually going to protect the consumer.  CNN Money.
Is it? Hell no, it is not! Only the rantings of a high-level government bureaucrat would be arrogant enough to think this is going to have the slightest ding in the battle to keep the Internet a safe place. Their chasing Wyndham is clear evidence that they “don’t get it.”
Has anyone ever seen the FTC at a cybersecurity conference? Do they contract with industry experts to learn, or is that just the State Department and the National Security Council that are attending these conferences? The FTC trying to manage technology is similar to their trying to practice medicine. Not having a license makes them a danger to those and themselves. The FTC needs to BOOK UP before they start punishing companies or they risk creating self-inflicted wounds that will hurt their credibility.
The FTC looks like an old fool running around with a flyswatter trying to control a swarm of bees. They need to learn from experts and get their game plan together before they enter the field. Punishing a hotel chain does nothing to protect consumers. One would hope that the FTC would aspire to having a greater impact by aiming before they fire.  Sigh………….come on guys, since when has punishing the victims of theft made the thieves slow down or protect other potential victims. I think is time for the FTC to walk outside the Beltway for some badly needed fresh air.
Until that happens they are going to suffer from stinkin’ thinkin.’


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Michael Daugherty

Michael Daugherty is President & CEO of LabMD, an Atlanta-based clinical and anatomic medical laboratory with a national client base. Mike founded LabMD in 1996 after 14 years in surgical device sales with U.S. Surgical Corp. and Mentor Corporation. Outside of LabMD, enjoys playing tennis, travel, and flying his Cirrus SR22 Turbo single engine aircraft.