The sun is getting lower on the horizon of my time with Zunesis. After 17 years as the CEO of the company, I will be retiring in a few months. We had the good fortune of selling Zunesis and merging with a great company headquartered in Boulder, CO – Absolute Performance Inc. I am confident that the future for the combined company is very bright.
The past 17 years have been filled with excitement and challenge, great days and tough days, and every emotion and experience in between. As I reflect on the past 17+ years, my heart is filled with gratitude for the employees of Zunesis. I am confident that Zunesis and all of the employees with whom I’ve worked side by side will continue to do ever bigger and better things as the future unfolds.
I’d like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the employees of Zunesis current and past. The success of the company is 100% linked to the quality, professionalism and hard work of many Zunesis employees over the years. Our mission has always been to make the life of our customers better. Thankfully, we were able to attract individuals who shared this value. We also strongly believe in teamwork and sharing in success and adversity along the way. Our engineers have always been ready and willing to jump on a call to help one of their fellow engineers or one of our customers in a time of need.
I have really enjoyed leading the sales team and watching individuals grow and develop. I have also enjoyed being a small part of developing strategies and plans to bring greater value to our clients. We would get deals done in a way that created a win-win for everyone. Working together as a unified team to make the life of our customers better cultivated a higher purpose and an enjoyable environment in which to work and deliver spectacular business results.
17 years is a long time to be together. Over these years, we celebrated the birth of children and grandchildren and grieved the loss of parents and other loved ones. We watched employees battle life threatening disease and personal challenge. We watched marriages take place and enjoyed great celebrations together at the Broadmoor for annual Christmas parties. We worked together for many years to make a huge difference in our community through Habitat for Humanity.
Over the years, I have felt the support and encouragement of so many Zunesis employees. I have laughed and enjoyed your sense of humor, wit, and the way you enjoy life. I have also had employees who cared enough for me to point out my blind spots and hold me accountable. I sincerely appreciate the patience that Zunesis employees showed to me as God worked to sand off the many rough edges of my leadership.
When the sun does set on my career, I will reflect on my time with the people of Zunesis with great satisfaction, tremendous joy, and most importantly, immense gratitude. Thanks to the all the employees for making my life better and for being a friend, co-worker, and inspiration to me for so many years. You are the best of the best and you made me much better. God bless you and never forget how much you mean to me.
I’m sure all of us when were younger were taught Stranger Danger. We needed to be cautious of any strangers we met while walking to and from school or in any new places. Today, the strangers that some of us fear the most are of the cyber kind. They can steal our livelihood, identity and more with a few clicks.
Businesses are becoming victims of this Stranger Danger every day. Cyber crime rose by over 600% during the pandemic. It is estimated by 2025, the cost of cybercrime worldwide for companies will be $10.5 trillion. Unfortunately the pandemic amplified cybercrime due to the uncertainty around remote working and how to protect your business.
Many businesses are not prepared for cyber attacks and do not educate their employees on best practices to help prevent these attacks from happening. The month of October celebrates cybersecurity awareness. Education is the one of the biggest tools going forward to fight the Cyber Stranger.
There are some staggering stats surrounding businesses today and the safety of their data. The numbers are only increasing as new threats appear and businesses do not offer the appropriate resources to combat this problem.
A study by Accenture reports that 43% of cyber attacks target small businesses, and under a sixth are equipped to prevent those attacks.
On average, it takes a company 197 days to discover a cybersecurity breach. Needless to say, the longer it takes to discover a security breach, the more a company’s reputation and assets suffer.
A few more stats:
64% of companies worldwide have experienced at least one form of cyber attack in the past year. What are the most common ones that businesses and their employees see?
A recent survey found that 61 percent of employees failed a basic quiz on cybersecurity fundamentals. With the average company spending only 5 percent of its IT budget on employee training, it’s clear that education is an opportunity for many organizations in the future.
Here are just a few best practices to follow:
Cyber threats are not going away and will continue to be a major concern for all businesses no matter the size. Contact Zunesis to find out how our solutions can provide extra protection. Reach out to find out about our assessments which may discover holes in your current IT environment.
Want to find out how knowledgeable your employees are on the topic of cyber security? Take this quiz from the Cyber Readiness Institute to find out how cyber ready they are.