Here’s a holiday office gift that no business should want.

Sophisticated cyber thieves have taken to delivering innocent-looking packages, usually without any named departments or individuals, with the expectation that they will remain undetected and unclaimed on a mailroom shelf for some time. Inside the package: devices capable of remotely stealing or compromising a company’s digital data.

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! You have been hacked.

Although this is an unconventional example, the unmarked packet trick – called ‘war expedition’ by some – illustrates how far some cybercriminals will go to gain access to corporate data, with all secrets sales representatives, financial accounts, passwords, codes and other sensitive information. information inside.

The growing cybersecurity challenge for businesses of all types and sizes was discussed at a recent Tech Council Innovation Network meeting in Madison, where the head of a leading business organization and two senior technology consultants offered tips and ideas on how businesses can aggressively defend themselves. themselves.

Tip: It’s not just about technology, but also about better training, breaking bad digital habits and improving business attitudes.

“Hope is not a (cybersecurity) strategy,” said Buckley Brinkman, executive director of the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity. WCMP, which is part of a nationwide network of similar organizations, recently surveyed around 400 C-level executives statewide on a mix of issues and learned some are overconfident when it comes to cybersecurity.


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