Bob Knott Moderates Cybersecurity Forum at Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce

May 17, 2016   //   News

Bob Knott, President of SWC Technology Partners, an Oak Brook, IL based IT consultancy for mid-market businesses, moderated the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce Cybersecurity Forum on Monday, May 16, 2016 at Le Meridian Oak Brook Center.

The session, put together by the Chamber’s Banking and Financial Services Committee, addressed the numerous cybersecurity threats companies of all sizes are facing as increased adoption of business enablement technologies provide additional channels for hackers to access sensitive information.

Featuring legislative business and technology leaders, the forum discussed today’s cybersecurity challenges and the most effective methods to help mount a defense. Led by SWC President Bob Knott, the panel included Vince Voci from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Bob Kunimara, Millennium Trust; Larry Wojcik and Bennet Cikoch, Ace Hardware Corporation; and Brad Adams, Graycor.

Bob Knott opened the panel by setting the stage for the current threats in today’s climate:

I can tell you from our experience working with over 350 companies, cybersecurity breaches are happening all the time. It affects companies of all sizes. Especially in the mid-market segment we specialize in, we’re seeing an increase in the frequency and sophistication of the attacks which is really shining a light on the vulnerabilities businesses face today.

Knott addressed the importance of security awareness as a first step:

You need to recognize you’re being targeted, and the hackers are spending more and more time to systematically develop more intelligence about you so they can be successful.

The 90-minute panel approached the topic from both an IT and business perspective. A key theme discussed by the panel was the importance of approaching security programs from the top-down, engaging business leadership to secure critical data. Another key topic was the vulnerability that end users pose to exposing sensitive data, as well as how these security programs often extend beyond traditional IT roles.

When you hear about all the threats, one thing business leaders often say is that it seems like an impossible mission to defend everything, but that’s really not the case. Typically, threats boil down to three things – a perimeter breach, social engineering and insider threats. Beginning to segment your strategies to address the unique challenges of each of these channels will enable you to develop a more comprehensive defense.

– Bob Knott

Cybersecurity is an increasingly important topic to businesses of all sizes as data breaches have a major impact on a company’s reputation and bottom line. According to 2015 IBM study, the average consolidated total cost of a data breach is $3.8 million, which represents a 23% increase since 2013.

SWC Technology Partners provides IT services including cybersecurity solutions to help keep mid-market services secure, especially as they capitalize on the benefits of cloud computing.

About SWC Technology Partners, Inc.

SWC Technology Partners is an award-winning provider of IT solutions to midsize organizations. For more than 30 years, SWC has excelled at delivering technology solutions that optimize productivity, strengthen customer relationships, enhance data sharing and drive profitability. SWC specializes in the technology solutions that match the needs of midmarket organizations including managed services; infrastructure solutions such as Unified Communications, virtualization and network security; software solutions including Microsoft SharePoint, business intelligence, CRM and custom development; and digital design services including website design, digital marketing and Search Engine Optimization.

Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, SWC has been honored to receive numerous awards including being recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the Best Places to Work in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 and making the Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. To learn more, contact us or call 630.572.0240.