Hi, there. This is Richard Hendricks, CEO of Pied Piper. I’m writing today as a guest blogger. Because we have something very serious to discuss.
We live in a dangerous time. A very, very dangerous time. We’ve all heard of the Jonathan James hack of NASA. The Vladimir Levin attack on Citibank. The Stuxnet worm. The North Korean Sony hack. The Lulzsec Sony hack. The bottom line is: No one anywhere is safe, especially not Sony. And these are only the tip of the “danger iceberg.”
Twenty years ago, DDOS meant you were typing the operating system DOS and the “d” key stuck. No more. Now, today’s tech CEO is surrounded by a host of threats. The botnets of Russian criminal groups. Chinese military hackers. Network security specialists you accidentally got fired, who are angry. Very, very angry.
Only the strongest of security protocols can possibly defend against a deadly misstep in this modern digital minefield. There must be regular updates and patches for all software. All computers must be air-gapped. Wifi? Buh-bye. Hardlines only. All employees’ cell phones must be stored in Faraday cages, or better yet, a lead-lined box in a freezer. Blackout curtains, unless you want camera drones shoulder-surfing your passwords. Vary your routes to and from work. Ideally, daily polygraphs and invasive body searches for all employees, vendors and visiting “friends” and “relatives,” although admittedly this might not fly in the culture of the Bay Area.
A great man once said, “All paranoid fears have a basis in fact.” I won’t tell you who, because I don’t know who is reading this or what advantage over me they might derive from that information. I will say this: Eternal vigilance may be the price of freedom, but it is also the price of doing business in today’s technology sector.