You work to build a business, blood, sweat, tears and time you put into its growth, finances, recruitment, branding… the list goes on. So what happens if one day you go into work and the files you left on your desk are missing? If those files included important information relating to customers, personnel or the accounts, the beads of sweat begin to form on your forehead and the lump in your throat appears. It happens, more than we realise, Carphone Warehouse recently (August 15) experienced a security hack where 90,000 customers had their credit card details accessed, and the infamous Ashley Madison has 37 million users who found themselves in hot water after ‘sensitive’ material began leaking from a group of hackers in July 15. Even if your company isn’t as high profile as these, why wait until a security breach occurs before doing something about it? Sebastian James, chief executive of Dixons Carphone, said:

“We are, of course, informing anyone that may have been affected, and have put in place additional security measures.We take the security of customer data extremely seriously, and we are very sorry that people have been affected by this attack on our systems.”

Unfortunately on this occasion, its too little, too late. Customers loose trust and faith in your business model and migrate elsewhere, suppliers pull out and the staff leave due to concerns their personal data could be next to find the pages of the internet. So to all the business owners and FD’s who may be reading this ask yourself the following:- How would you categorise crime on your business?