Are little wineries’ digital devices safe?

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These 18 pandemic months have been really heavy and sad, and maybe it isn’t finished. Our habits have changed, too, for work and for business. Using computer and mobile devices has grown, but not all users know how to use in safety mode their devices.

Little vineries, and little business in general, often lack the capacity to make safe from viruses, malwares and other bad cyber-things their networks. Now the business is to sell more and more computers, smartphones, routers. But who manage all these devices, who check if all these equipment are well connected and our data are safe?

Firstly, all that is on customer’s shoulders, but a little vinery, so as a little business, has a little budget and don’t use it for those cyber-things-I-don’t-care.

But this is a big problem, in my opinion, for little business:

These are 3 really basic points, mainly the 3rd. Don’t think that cyber criminals shot only great companies like banks, power stations, science centers. The first step is to gain access and stole account and data of the weaker ring of the chain, and a little business it is.

In August 2020, cybercriminals seem to prefer summer, Brown-Forman, one of the largest wine and spirits distributors in the US: about 1 TB of data was stolen, with all transactions, emails, the contracts stipulated by the company.

In March of this year Taylor’s Winery, South Australia Clare’s Valley, was the subject of a ransomware attack that blocked the entire mail system and made 2020 production data unavailable. Winery manager Mitchell Taylor said he did not know for what motive these criminals blamed on his company.

I have a 30 yrs experience in IT (Information Technology), and I would put my knowledge at wineries service (and I hope my English is enough to explain it); here 5 point of attention about cyber security. May be these can seem simple, but they are the start point about it.

These are only the starting point to ask yourself: are my digital data safe? Let’s start a checkpoint of your network, your computers, your devices. And don’t forget all others things as cameras, wifi printers, sensors, meteo stations. This is your outer perimeter.

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