The New York Times today talks about America’s cyber attack on Iran and about duping someone into inserting malicious code. A hard trick because the computers running Iranian centrifuges were physically isolated from the Internet.
“It turns out there is always an idiot around who doesn’t think much about the thumb drive in their hand,” said a plan architect.
The term “idiot” is probably unfair. The people working at a nuclear plant probably are smart but thinking about other things than security. That’s why the ruse was so clever. Who hasn’t received a thumb drive as a promotion and stuck it into a computer without thinking.
The people we work with in private equity are all smart with great educations. Regardless, I expect that some are still keeping your strategic buying targets, your notes and investor lists in Excel. Probably still saving your spreadsheets onto virus vulnerable hard drives and backing up and moving data with thumb drives. Right?
Perhaps one of the partners is at this moment using a thumb drive he/she received as a promotional gift.
As head of sales here, it would be irresponsible not to say that you would be safer with Navatar and by having your data stored securely, mirrored and backed up in the salesforce.com Cloud. That way, only you have the logins and the ability to access your data.
So, think twice about that thumb drive. Talk to us about upgrading to Navatar.