E-Commerce: What you should be focused on during this economic cycle

The number one focus during this economic cycle is security. Traditionally, the economy and crime are inverse. When the economy is good crime decreases and  vice-verse. Unlike other economic cycles we are seeing many highly skilled computer people being laid off from their jobs.

The average information technology professional is not what you have to worry about in regard to security, but the mediocre IT people. Why? Because they are the ones that would be reckless enough to hack into your systems with total disregard for Federal Regulations. Many do not understand that the times when a “hacker” was hired by the organization he or she just hacked into are gone.

Organizations are very dependent upon technology for running their lean supply chain.  There is not a lot of sympathy towards someone who just cost an organization capital they do not have to repair the damage.  The Federal Government is also not going to be sympathetic towards those individuals or groups.

However, the problem is that the threat is not entirely from within, but worldwide. How do you prevent someone from stealing your intellectual property or vandalizing your e-commerce site when they reside overseas? To be honest, someone right now is copying this article and going to place it either on their web site or sell it as an original article.  I feel that within the next couple of years you will see more copyright lawsuits starting to emerge.

If you are contemplating hacking into a web site or e-commerce site you should be aware of the risks you are taking prior to exercising your desires.

Mike Kniaziewicz, MIS

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