Navigating the Digital Minefield: Insights from Tom Blanchard on Protecting Businesses Against Wire Fraud

January 3, 2024

The sixth annual Catalyst Construction Journal is a crucial resource in an era where digital threats are omnipresent. A standout contribution in this year’s edition is "Protecting Your Company From Wire Fraud" by Tom Blanchard, CEO of Sterling Technology Solutions. This white paper is essential for businesses grappling with the escalating threat of cyber fraud.

Tom Blanchard's expertise

As a renowned figure in cyber security and the CEO of Sterling Technology Solutions, Tom Blanchard brings invaluable insights into combating digital threats. His company, a leading managed service provider in Charlotte, protects small and medium-sized businesses from various cyber risks. A native of the Outer Banks of North Carolina and a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, Blanchard is a trusted source for local media on cyber security topics. Residing in Waxhaw with his family, Blanchard's expertise is grounded in extensive experience and a deep understanding of the cyber landscape.

The growing threat of wire fraud

Blanchard’s white paper sheds light on the increasing menace of wire fraud in various industries, including construction. This form of cybercrime involves deceiving victims into transferring money to hacker-controlled accounts. Blanchard points out the shift from hackers being digital anarchists to becoming financially motivated, leveraging sophisticated techniques to exploit their targets.

Core strategies to combat wire fraud

In his detailed analysis, Blanchard outlines several key strategies for businesses to protect themselves against wire fraud:

  1. Employee training: Emphasizing the significance of awareness, Blanchard suggests regular training for employees to identify and avoid phishing emails, often the starting point of wire fraud.
  2. Implementing app-based multi-factor authentication (MFA): Blanchard advocates for using app-based MFA to secure email accounts, a critical step in preventing unauthorized access.
  3. Verbal confirmation: A simple yet effective strategy is to verify bank account information over the phone, ensuring authenticity and preventing fraud.
  4. Cyber security insurance: Blanchard advises businesses to consider cyber security insurance as a buffer against financial losses from wire fraud.
  5. Immediate action: In the event of suspected fraud, immediate contact with banks can help stop fraudulent transactions in their tracks.

Deepening the defense against wire fraud

Building on these strategies, Blanchard highlights the importance of a multi-layered defense mechanism:

  • Regular security audits: Regular audits of security practices help identify potential vulnerabilities and reinforce the company's defense against cyber threats.
  • Continual update of security protocols: Keeping up with the latest security updates and protocols is vital in staying ahead of sophisticated cybercriminals.
  • Employee vigilance: Encouraging a culture of vigilance and skepticism, especially regarding email communications, can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to wire fraud.
  • Collaboration with financial institutions: Working closely with banks and financial institutions to understand and implement the best practices in securing transactions is crucial.
  • Legal and technical consultation: Consulting with legal and technical experts can provide tailored advice to fortify a company's specific vulnerabilities against wire fraud.

A proactive approach to cyber security

Blanchard's white paper serves as a wake-up call for businesses to adopt a proactive stance in their cyber security efforts. His insights offer a roadmap for companies to understand the threat of wire fraud and implement effective strategies to combat it.


The sixth annual Catalyst Construction Journal equips businesses with the knowledge and tools to tackle digital challenges. With its practical advice and expert insights, Tom Blanchard's contribution stands as a critical resource for businesses striving to navigate the increasingly complex world of cyber security.