Vermont’s unique geographic location provides a cozy sense of safety for many of its residents. The lack of challenges commonly faced in major metropolitan areas allows for a sense of community among friendly locals. But it can also create a false sense of security that shouldnot be overlooked.
Geographically speaking, Vermont is relatively safe from most natural disasters and is far enough away from points of interest in the United States to evade foreign threats. However, in cyberspace – a medium in which location is no longer a boundary – Vermont is as much a target as any location on earth.
Small Business Security
Vermont has many small businesses with outdated or fragmented cybersecurity solutions. They either lack the finances to invest in a comprehensive strategy or aren't well-informed on the broad consequences of a security breach. These small businesses are what make the Green Mountain State a locally driven community loved by so many. According to the Vermont SBA Business Profile (2017 data), Vermont small businesses employ 60.8% of the state’s private workforce. What’s concerning is that roughly 47% of these small businesses had fewer than 20 employees. Understanding the criticality of small businesses to Vermont’s economy is essential to recognizing the susceptibility of its businesses and the importance of robust cybersecurity measures.
In addition to small businesses, large institutions are also at risk for cyberattacks. The 2020 ransomware attack on University of Vermont Medical Center (UVM) is a prime example of what can happen if an organization isn’t properly prepared to deal with an attack. UVM is still recovering financially. Although more prepared than others in its industry, the Medical Center was still compromised and exploited, which should serve as a warning to similar institutions.
Nobody wants to be the victim of a cyberattack, and ensuring that you’re not the next Vermont business targeted includes proper prevention. Protecting your organization by implementing procedures to avoid attacks and mitigate unforeseen compromises is a must. If you’re unsure how or where to start, NuHarbor offers free consultations with industry experts ready to share our best-in-class solutions. Contact us today!
Justin (he/him) is the founder and CEO of NuHarbor Security, where he continues to advance modern integrated cybersecurity services. He has over 20 years of cybersecurity experience, much of it earned while leading security efforts for multinational corporations, most recently serving as global CISO at Keurig Green Mountain Coffee. Justin serves multiple local organizations in the public interest, including his board membership at Champlain College.