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counting the days until the dream of getting away can become a reality, all I can say is this. Yes, becoming cyber secure can be a pain. Do it anyway. Trust me, the headache that comes with being proactive is going to be far less than the one that comes with being a hacker’s next victim. Want proof? Look at the impact of the global WannaCry ransomware attack and the far deadlier GoldenEye wiper malware attack that occurred shortly thereafter. (And for those of you unfamiliar with the term wiper malware, a wiper seeks to permanently destroy data. The attackers don’t give a hoot about playing the ransom game.) If these two global attacks don’t underscore that it’s only a matter of time, I don’t know what else I can say to try and convince you to take action other than this: Once disaster strikes, call your IT support and see if there’s a way to pick up the pieces. Just be sure to sit down before placing that call, because you’re not going to like what you’re about to hear. Disclaimer: ALPS presents this publication or document as general information only. While ALPS strives to provide accurate information, ALPS expressly disclaims any guarantee or assurance that this publication or document is complete or accurate. Therefore, in providing this publication or document, ALPS expressly disclaims any warranty of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. Further, by making this publication or document available, ALPS is not rendering legal or other professional advice or services and this publication or document should not be relied upon as a substitute for such legal or other professional advice or services. ALPS warns that this publication or document should not be used or relied upon as a basis for any decision or action that may affect your professional practice, business or personal affairs. Instead, ALPS highly recommends that you consult an attorney or other professional before making any decisions regarding the subject matter of this publication or document. ALPS Corporation and its subsidiaries, affiliates and related entities shall not be responsible for any loss or damage sustained by any person who uses or relies upon the publication or document presented herein. WINTER 2018 13