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Mt. Kisco Chamber Holds Cyber Crime Presentation

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y—The Mount Kisco Chamber of Commerce held its November Networking Luncheon on Tuesday, inviting business owners of the town to head to the Holiday Inn in Mount Kisco to learn about the importance of internet safety.

Brian Creech, a senior agency representative at Apogee Agency Group led the meeting after being invited to talk to the locals about how they can protect themselves against potential cyber crimes to their businesses.

While no businesses have reportedly contacted the Chamber on the regard, Chamber President Phil Bronzi was adamant in pointing out that the fear itself was worth the meeting. “Whether they know it or not, their businesses could potentially be in jeopardy,” said Bronzi. “This type of attack and issue, the havoc it reeks on a business, could put somebody out of business if they’re not protected and insured properly.”

Karl Theile, an ambassador for the Chamber, says he has heard whispers regarding potential problems. “It can affect everybody. As ambassador, when I talk to other businesses in the community it’s something that is in the back of their minds,” he said.

A common thought that Creech has heard throughout the small business landscape is the false sense safety because you have an IT person working for you. It’s not as safe as you think, he says.

“A lot of people have IT guys that manage your website. They’ll say, ‘Look your system’s safe because of firewalls, etcetera,” he explained. “The truth is, the only safe system is one that’s unplugged. As long as it’s connected, someone can get into the information and steal it.”

Creech’s advice for those in the business of small business is fairly simple, and yet effective: get yourself protected. “Make sure you look into insurance to cover your business. It’s easier now to have your information stolen or breeched, and the costs are significant for a small business,” he said. “I’d contact your insurance broker and have that discussion.”

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