Many of our clients assume that executive protection means really capable, responsible bodyguard services – that we’re there to protect them from bodily harm, kidnapping, stalking and other physical injury situations. That’s true. We do that. Yet, we’re also involved in protecting clients from habits that may allow threats to get close to them, or we offer direct consulting for cybersecurity.
Among the many bad habits a client may have is how they set up passwords on various accounts that are storehouses of data on them, and that data can be used for planning threats or creating situations that put the bad guys closer to their targets. There are a lot of statistics out there on people’s password habits. Among them is a recent study that showed that 1 out of 4 people use work email or passwords to log in to consumer websites and applications. This includes online shopping sites, food delivery sites, airline reservations, dating apps, and yes, banking sites.
The exposure with this kind of habit is enormous for companies, small to large. Hackers are every second trying to get this kind of email and password information to businesses, and using the same emails and passwords for personal stuff just gives an open-sesame to criminal hackers. As well, this gives hackers open doors to learn much more about an individual they may be targeting for some kind of threat.
So, part of our protection responsibilities is to work with clients on good cybersecurity practices.