Since its founding, Threat Sketch has developed its products and educational resources for business executives with the overarching idea that cybersecurity isn’t just an IT problem. It is something that needs to be looked at from all perspectives, including financial, public relations and legal aspects of the business.

One of the great things about working in the Innovation Quarter is the opportunity to collaborate with other business minded people in and around the Winston-Salem area. Through our work we have found many people in the insurance, IT and legal field who share Threat Sketch’s beliefs that cybersecurity needs to be approached from all areas of business in order to be fully prepared and help prevent attacks.

Creating the Round Table

We felt the best way to help educate business leaders in the Triad and surrounding areas was through creating a panel of experts available for presentations, meetings and discussions. In April 2018, the Cyber Round Table was formed.  

Members of the panel include:

  • Rob Arnold, CRISC, founder and CEO of Threat Sketch. Arnold has more than 20 years of experience in the information technology sector, consulting for companies of all sizes, from small, family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 firms. He is a cyber risk management expert, Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), and author of the book Cybersecurity: A Business Solution.
  • Dan Lawall. Lawall is a North Carolina licensed attorney and cybersecurity advisor. He practices business, intellectual property and cyber law. Lawall has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science, with a specialization in Computer Security and Information Assurance.
  • Robert Phelps, president, Creative IT. Phelps works to secure small businesses from cyber crime threats through deploying and managing cutting edge technologies. A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Phelps went on to work for Apple, Inc. for six years, before coming back to the Triad to work with small businesses, helping them gain productivity,  security and peace of mind through their technology.
  • Fletcher Wilson, principal, Wilson Insurance Services, Inc. Fletcher specializes in cyber liability and data breach risk management. With over 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry he brings a wealth of knowledge to the cyber insurance perspective.

These members of the group bring their knowledge out to the business world to improve prevention and preparedness for cyber attacks. One of the benefits of an event with the Cyber Round Table is the various backgrounds and fields of expertise represented. “Having four major disciplines together at the same time to answer questions and address issues related to cybersecurity can really give business executives a better overall picture of the problems they are facing,” Lawall said.

Dispelling the Myths Around Cybersecurity

Thinking that cybersecurity is solely an IT problem is just one of the many myths surrounding the subject of cyber attacks. “We started this group based on an interest to inform the business community about the growing problem of cyber crime and some of the steps they can take to minimize these exposures,” Wilson said.  

For example, many business executives don’t take cybersecurity seriously because they feel their small business is unappealing to hackers. This is no longer true. Automated phishing and ransom attacks don’t care about large amounts of money per attack. They simply rely on mass attacks to yield lots of little “successes,” and the best targets are small organizations that haven’t addressed the basics of cybersecurity.

Also, many business executives have a false sense of security in believing they are prepared to handle an attack if it happens, when in reality they are not prepared nearly enough. They might have a firewall set up by their IT department, or have policies in place for employees who bring devices from home. But what about financial liability in the event of an attack? Or managing the public relations nightmare that occurs after customers’ personal data is compromised?

“One of our primary goals is to dispel some of the myths surrounding the liability that small businesses face from cyber threats, and help businesses see the overall picture of preparedness,” Wilson said.

What Can the Cyber Round Table Provide to You?

The Triad Cyber Round Table wants to come and help you spread the word about the importance of cybersecurity.

Each person on the Cyber Round Table brings a unique perspective and background to the discussion — technology, risk management, legal and insurance. Yet the focus of all is protecting local businesses from cyber crime. Being part of a forum for comprehensive community education is just one more way Threat Sketch is promoting cybersecurity in the business world.

Schedule the Triad Cyber Round Table to be part of your event or come to your offices for an informational panel. Visit us at: https://triad-cyber-round-table.org/

About the author: Karen Alley is a freelance writer and editor and has worked for over 10 years writing web content and blogs for various businesses.