News : Cyber security a worsening concern for businesses

Nov 20, 2012

From Foster's Daily Democrat

PORTSMOUTH — “Computer intrusions and network attacks are the greatest cyber threat to our national security,” FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III told a U.S. Senate homeland security panel in September.

And, according to MJ Shoer, president of Jenaly Technology Group, cyber crime and cyber terrorism are about to be named the No. 1 threat to our nation.

Shoer issued the warning to a group of 25 owners and staff members of small- and mid-size businesses during a lunchtime seminar about cyber security. The event, sponsored by Jenaly, a Portsmouth-based IT provider, took place Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center.

The gist of the 90-minute seminar was that businesses are not as safe as they think they are. Shoer explained what businesses need to do to be safe online and in their office, and he offered practical action steps to that end.

Shoer founded Jenaly in 1997. He is an expert in cyber security, having authored two books and testified before Congress about the topic. In an interesting – but somewhat disturbing – aside, Shoer said, “The most fascinating thing about Congress is how clueless it is about cyber security.”

Besides excellence as an IT provider, Jenaly has also been recognized for its environmental practices as a business partner of the Green Alliance, a union of local sustainable businesses promoting environmentally sound business practices, and a green co-op offering discounted green products and services to its members.

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