• Rachel Lingenfelter

Protecting Your Data with Joe Harford of Reclamere

When you log in to your Facebook page, Instagram profile, YouTube channel, or any other social media platform, you expect that your personal information is going to be protected. It's sad to say that these days, more and more companies and small businesses are having to deal with cybercriminals and internet thieves who are trying to steal any and all information they can get their hands on. That's where Reclamere comes into the picture.

Reclamere Data Security Experts, based out of Blair County, is a data security company dedicated to protecting businesses and teaching companies about the risks that occur each and every time information is put online. Joe Harford, Reclarmere's creator, began working on plans for this business back in 2000 and kicked it off in 2001. His knowledge spans to entrepreneurship as well, being a professor of that very subject at Juniata College.

"What we've been doing for the last 20 years is we have been trying to get customers to understand risk." Harford talks to these businesses about the data that may or may not be compromised. He focuses on getting businesses to label where the data resides, who has access to it, and who should not have access to it. "When you take someone's name, address, social security number, and date of birth, you have a responsibility as a business owner or operator to protect that."

(Pictured is Reclamere Staff and Joe Harford, center.)

There any many laws and regulations that companies must follow whenever they are given other people's data. This huge responsibility should never be taken lightly because of the evidence that there are people out there willing to take that information and give it out. But we aren't just talking about large, Fortune 500 businesses here. Reclamere is reaching out to those small businesses, who may sometimes feel forgotten. They are at risk as well, and sometimes it might be that they are at an even higher risk than they might have thought.

"We find that about 46% of small and medium businesses in 2021 are going to be spending more on IT security than ever before," Harford says. Bigger businesses have traditionally been the bigger target for security breaches in the past. "Cybercriminals don't want the hard stuff, they want the easy stuff." That being said, more small and medium businesses are having their cybersecurity and customer's information be taken than ever before.

Reclamere is dedicated to reimagining cybersecurity and blocking those online thieves from stealing precious information. Not only that, but they want to teach others to be sensitive with any and all information for the long hall. Those values being implemented will help stop cybercriminals in their tracks.

Big thanks to Joe Harford for giving us great advice and for becoming a part of First Frontier Forward. If you want to see the full interview with Rob Z, go to the link below. Also, if Reclamere sounds like a business you want to learn more about, go to their website below as well, along with their impressive YouTube channel.

Full Interview: https://www.facebook.com/101240588166481/videos/2832356463667675

Reclamere Website: https://reclamere.com/

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCah_7S6G7sMbt2Cho1AxD1A

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