The truth is that you’re going to pay for cybersecurity one way or another. So, it’s better to invest now while the cost is much lower and more predictable. As a business owner, you have lots of projects vying for your time and money, and let’s face it, anything that’s not a revenue driver is easy to push to the bottom of the list. Unfortunately, cybersecurity too often falls into this category. Companies may tell themselves, “We already have security in place. We have a firewall; we have antivirus software; our critical applications are password-protected.” The reality is that you’re probably well aware that cyberattacks have exploded in the past 18 months, both in terms of frequency and seriousness. This year, for example, the damage costs from cybercrime are expected to reach $6 trillion, up from $3 trillion in 2015. To put this number in perspective, if it were measured as a country, cybercrime would be the world’s third-largest economy after the U.S. and China. In the past, data breaches were about data loss and the potential harm to the victim’s reputation. Today, however, we see attacks that result in significant operational delays and setbacks.
David Hart, President and Chief Operating Officer of Presidio is responsible for sales and technology strategy and execution, emerging businesses development, alliances and sourcing, internal IT and our leasing arm – Presidio Technology Capital. He has served on the advisory boards of several world class technology innovators such as Cisco, Dell Technologies, Palo Alto Networks and Intel. Prior to his current role, Dave served as Chief Technology Officer. He joined Presidio in 2005 when the company acquired Networked Information Systems (NIS), a high growth IT systems integrator, where he led engineering, professional and managed services from its founding in 2000. Prior to NIS, Dave was Vice President of Engineering at Aztec Technology Partners (Nasdaq: AZTC) and at its predecessor, Bay State Computer Group. He holds a BS in Industrial Technology and a MS in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.