Since many businesses are working remotely, companies must be aware of the cyber security issues and threats that can destroy their data, disrupt business, and otherwise disempower a company from achieving its mission.
How can businesses stay mindful and cyber-safe, so as to maintain their power to thrive?
In this episode, I will be speaking with Jessica A. Robinson (She/Her), Founder / CEO Of PurePoint International, about how to identify and protect against the unique cyber security risks that women-owned and minority-owned companies face during COVID-19, as well as some solutions to these challenges.
About Jessica A. Robinson:
0:37 – 15:30 – Tonight, Eric introduces his guest, Jessica Robinson. The topic for tonight’s episode is empowering businesses through cyber security. Jessica Robinson founded Purepoint International which provides cyber security consulting, helping small businesses, women owned and women- led businesses, around the world and more. Eric asks Robinson how she got into cybersecurity and more. Robinson grew up being part of the safety patrol in school. She has always been interested in protection, security and how it all works. She felt like it was always her calling to be in cybersecurity and to help in this world of technology that continues to grow. Robinson speaks about some of the challenges that business owners face today working more from home in terms of cyber security such as protecting their supply chain securely, data protection (on the computer and even what’s printed), and more.
17:45 – 29:39 – Coming back from the break, Eric and Robinson speak on the trends of cyber threats or breaches that relate to minority owned businesses. Robinson says that what we see is a need to focus on cybersecurity as part of their business strategy. She says that it’s important to be aware of . She works with communities such as with people of color, LGBTQ+ communities and other minority groups. She explains the cybersecurity threats among these groups. Robinson says that Purepoint International is there to help and support their needs. Robinson also emphasizes that these threats aren’t only risks for minority groups or small businesses but also it depends on the job that the business is doing as well. Some actions that help are updating the businesses’ website, and in general, Robinson says updating everything on our phones and other electronic devices such as apps. Keeping things up to date is crucial in protection for businesses and personally
31:49 – 43:56 – Robinson tells us that team and staff are important parts of cybersecurity as everyone plays a role in protecting data and an organization. She says that there are still a high amount of breaches that happen from within an organization from downloads , weak passwords, and clicking on links without knowing what may happen. She also mentions cost effective ways to help with cybersecurity such as a password manager or a cost for obtaining passwords (cost per user) depending on the amount of employees involved. Robinson says that this can vary in different situations and explains that there isn’t a bad investment. She also mentions having a VPN and explains more about this. Eric also asks Robinson about what “big step” that one can take for protection as well.
45:56 – 57:35 – Coming back from the final break, Robinson talks about the process Purpoint International takes to help a business. She says that sometimes a company may want to help their own clients and step up to do whatever they can to keep confidentiality in various ways. There’s also an accountability for businesses no matter the size to counter data breaches and information. One example given was if a company is trying to purchase another company, one of the important factors that affects the value of a company is cyber security. They briefly discuss how this kind of protection varies for businesses and companies around the world based on laws as well. Eric thanks Robinson for coming on the show and helping break down this topic and why it’s important for us to know about cybersecurity personally but also for businesses. Jessica Robinson mentions her website where you can learn more about her company, their goals to empower business to create secure workplaces and communities, and you can also connect with Robinson via Linkedin.
About Employment Law Today
Helping Business With Employment Law Issues.
For many business owners, it can be overwhelming to keep up and comply with the federal and state labor and employment laws that govern how they run their business. With the COVID-19 pandemic, there are new laws and regulations regarding hiring, firing, and workplace practices and protocols — all of which can increase business owners’ anxieties about regaining traction or thriving again. On my weekly show, we will be discussing the most common employment law related questions and challenges that business owners have been facing in these uncertain times.
The show will have three main goals: (1) to inform businesses about employment law updates, (2) to inspire businesses by giving them the tools to move forward, and (3) to demonstrate how some business owners have overcome their employment law problems, walked through the challenges imposed by this pandemic, and have taken steps to regain traction during the reopening phases of this pandemic.
Our guests will include professionals who advise businesses from an H.R., legal, and financial perspective, along with thriving business owners who will share their experiences and insights into running a successful company while complying with labor and employment law mandates during COVID-19.