October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month! Marc Petock Warns Cyber Incidents are Disruptive and Potentially Catastrophic!

MarcPP Lynxspring’s Cyber Security expert, Marc Petock reminds us that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about cyber security.

From Marc Petock: We live in a world that is more connected than ever before. The Internet touches all aspects of our business and personal life. From a business perspective, the negative consequences that cyber incidents can cause are disruptive and potentially catastrophic. The value of taking additional measures and procedures to increase the cyber security posture of your systems, far outweigh the risk of not making them secure.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself this month:

Who has a specific plan in place in case of a cyber instance?
Are discussions around cyber security regular within your organization?
Are you secure?
How do you know you were not compromised today?
How would you know?
What would you do about it if you were?
What is your organization’s sensitive data, and where is it?
Are you prepared to face a threat(s)?
Do you have a cyber security statement for your organization?
How about the companies in your supply chain, are they secure?
When was the last time you did an audit of your building systems to find our “what’s in your closet? Do you know how and what your smart building devices are connected to?
For your future BAS projects—new, upgrades, change outs, and is cyber security addressed? Is it part of the discussion and project?
Is the technology you purchase patchable?
Do you have a patch management process and procedure?
Who and what is involved?
When a vulnerability is discovered, have you made it clear to your providers what you expect?
When it comes to a discovered vulnerability, what is the manufacture’s responsibility? What do you expect of them?
Is cyber security a board room discussion at your organization?

Cyber security can no longer be thought of as a “nice to have”. The operational, financial and reputational impact to a business is tremendous. Security must be considered a fundamental requirement. Take this month to get engaged or get re-engaged with good cyber security practices.

Marc Petock
Vice President, Marketing
Lynxspring, Inc.
1210 NE Windsor Drive
Lee’s Summit, MO 64086
(816) 347-3500
(804) 307-3353


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