Caribbean small businesses not protecting their digital assets, says network security specialist

Gregory Richardson, CEO Secure Tech International, the first company in North East Caribbean to specialize in network security.

BRADES, Montserrat – Leaving digital assets, such as financial accounts, reports, proposals, and client data unprotected is a common practice for small business owners in the region, says network security expert Gregory Richardson.

Richardson, who is the CEO of Secure Tech International, the first company in the North Eastern Caribbean to specialize in network security will be one of the speakers at the ICT Roadshow coming to Montserrat next Wednesday, April 21 to Friday, April 23, 2010.

The network security specialists, says there are several things that small business can do to protect themselves and their assets online. “Most of the security needs are internal ones. You must know your employees, understand them and have a good relationship with them. Secondly, you must be willing to invest in digital protection for your digital assets,” recommends Richardson, who is based on St. Maarten.

“Leaving your electronic information without proper security is the same as building a million dollar home, filling it with all sorts of expensive furniture, art, electronics and leaving the doors wide open, and never locking up. We wouldn’t do that with our homes but Caribbean companies are doing it every day online.”

The entrepreneur will be one of the presenters in the ICT Solutions for Real Problems Forum, which takes place on Day Two of the roadshow.

The ICT Roadshow Montserrat is part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and is being hosted in collaboration with the Government of Montserrat.

To see the full lineup of speakers and activities, visit www.ictroadshow.ms.

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Caption: Gregory Richardson, CEO Secure Tech International, the first company in North East Caribbean to specialize in network security.