Entries by David Lewien

Go West IT’s 10 Year Anniversary

Go West IT started business ten years ago today.  I remember the day very well.  The similarities between then and now are striking.  We were faced with many unknowns.  We watched cashflow very closely.  We innovated and adapted quickly.  Most importantly, we focused on taking care of customers and employees.  We knew there would be […]

Microsoft is actively fighting cybercrime for the greater good.

My tour of the @Microsoft Cyber Defense Operations Center (CDOC) this week was the highlight of my visit to the Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA.  I was one of approximately 150 Microsoft partners invited to attend a small & medium sized business (SMB) partner executive briefing.   The briefing provided @GoWestIT with a valuable road map […]

Please Implement Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365, Please!

Your credentials can be phished, period.  If you think you’re above being phished, you’re wrong.  We all have weak moments and the criminals are really good at praying on our whims and emotions.  Trust me, you can be phished.  Don’t put so much pressure on yourself.  Implement multi-factor authentication (MFA) wherever possible to protect your […]

SOC Audits Drive Improvement

Go West IT just completed our second annual SOC 2, Type 2 audit.   This is an expensive and time consuming process and it absolutely makes us better every single year. SOC stands for Service Organization Controls and a Type 2 audit tests our use of and adherence to a defined set of controls over the […]


Petya Ransomware Threat is Very Serious

A new and aggressive ransomware using a variant malicious code known as “Petya” is spreading at an alarming rate. Petya comes on the heals of WannaCry just a few weeks ago and is getting a great deal of publicity because of the rate of infections and the well known victims. Petya is a very serious threat.  The […]

“To photograph is to frame, and to frame is to exclude” Susan Sontag – What are you excluding from your cyber risk mitigation?

Andrew Lanning, Co-Founder of Integrated Security Technologies and chair of the PSA Security Cybersecurity Committee, forwarded me a great article in the Harvard Business Review regarding the behavioral economics of why executives underinvest in cybersecurity.  This is a must read for executives who have ultimate responsibility for protecting shareholders, employees, customers, and data.  This is also […]