There’s a lot of noise in the media at the moment about Chinese hackers making their way into western computer systems, particularly into systems of large commercial organisations like Google and Cardinal Health Inc. The reality is that as soon as you connect your network to the outside world you are exposing yourself to this risk and you need to find ways to control and mitigate these actions.
The question that’s always worth asking is if you can get away without having to open yourself up. If you’re a health organistaion for example, you could have your website showing nutrisystem reviews, but you don’t actually need to be online, especially if your workforce doesn’t need Internet access. Obviously, this may not be an option in most cases, but it’s worth understanding the risk and taking all the steps you can to reduce them.