What Willie Sutton Can Teach Us About Computer Security

Willie Sutton was arguably one of the most “successful” if not the most infamous bank robbers of the 20th century. Sutton managed to steal close to $2 million during a forty-year career. He passed away in 1980 at the age of 79. He may be long-gone, and it is likely that he never owned a computer, but we can still learn something about computer security from him.

It has been widely reported that someone once asked Sutton why he robbed banks.

He wryly responded, “Because that’s where the money is.”

A 21st century Sutton would probably have told you that your computer was a likely target for cybercriminals, not because of you personally, but “Because that’s where the information is.”

Have you noticed that we don’t hear about many bank robberies anymore? Why do you suppose that is? It’s because the best way to get to the most money is by gathering information that is used to appropriate ill-gotten gain.

Whether the cyber crooks use malware, trojans, ransomware, email scams, worms, or some other misbegotten method, they are coming after any of us who have digital technology. That would be just about all of us.

Why You Need Computer Security

So, here’s another question to which the venerable Mr. Sutton would have likely had a spontaneous answer:

Which computers or computer systems do you think cybercriminals are likely to attack?

Answer: The ones with the least protection and whose owners are not expecting an attack.

Banks today utilize all kinds of security devices to deter and defend against potential intrusions. Why rob a bank that has advanced security when the next one has none?

Cybercriminals are constantly surveilling systems to seek out the most vulnerable. As digital technology advances, so do cybercriminals’ techniques. They are not going to overlook any opportunity, but the presence of top-notch security protecting your data will send them down the road to a more exposed location.

One more piece of advice. Advanced digital technology tools like those available through Tech Sentries protect your data 24/7/365. But we can’t prevent the crime if you open the door and let the villains in. Be extremely cautious – especially as we approach income tax filing time. Willie Sutton once dressed as a mailman to gain easier access to a bank. Be careful not to get caught by a scam disguised as an innocent email.

We are here to help you Guard Your Technology, but it takes a team to do so effectively. If your digital security needs a review, give us a call for a FREE consultation. We’ll show you how you can protect your system and we’ll even give you a few tips on digital self-defense as well.

We are as concerned about your technology security as you are. Your computer system security is our business. That’s why Tech Sentries is always on duty. Contact us today to learn how we can help you “GUARD YOUR TECHNOLOGY” (843-282-2222).

Joe Thibodeau
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