Why So Many Chief Compliance and Security Officials Can Learn from the Hawaii False Missile Alert

As the world watched the chaos unfold last week after the Hawaiian officials’  false missile alert blunder, the response was one of incredulity. Another, far less shocking, mistake by Hawaiian Emergency Management Officials could have had far greater consequences, and should be a lesson to all organisations. Forgetting to remove passwords attached to computers on post-it notes, whilst being interviewed about their preparations for a North Korean missile threat, is almost comical in its short-sightedness, but a far more common occurrence than you might think. In an age where data can be shared with the world at the touch of a button and has, at the same time, the power to wreak irrevocable damage when in the hands of the wrong people, easily preventable mistakes, such as sharing your password in the background of a video or photo, deserve greater attention than they have received in the world of cybersecurity thus far. Kitty Parry, Founder and CEO of SMC, says, ‘with 93 million selfies taken daily, there is likely a significant enough proportion of images in your office that create cause for concern. SMC’s software is relied upon by some of the world’s largest institutions to manage this exact risk. Our role is to use our image recognition capabilities to immediately alert a compliance or security officer to these types of images leaking into the public domain.’ In the world of cybersecurity, we can no longer afford to ignore the threats posed by images.