One of the top things on the minds of today’s business leaders, board members and IT staff is the risk of what a cybersecurity event might bring to the business. More and more business leaders are asking the question: How do we protect ourselves?
Business disruption, loss of revenue, loss of information and fear of public disclosure alongside changing public disclosure laws are all reasons why businesses are paying attention to cybersecurity.
And one of the difficult things about cybersecurity is that what needs to be done in what order is different for every business.
It used to be that cybercriminals mainly went after larger companies, but that is no longer the case. Now, small- and medium-sized businesses are the most likely target of these efforts. Why? Because cybercriminals know they are less likely to have multiple layers of security.
How can you protect your business?
Creating a multilayered defense
A multilayered defense is needed to stop a hacker from successfully infiltrating your network. Additional layers include things such as application software security, account monitoring, boundary defense and data recovery capabilities. With these extra layers in
place, you’ll have many obstacles between the hackers and your company’s information.
Educating employees on cyber risks
One of the most common ways cyberattacks infiltrate small- and medium-sized businesses is by sending an email with a malware attachment. It only takes a single employee clicking that attachment to infect the entire company. With attackers growing more sophisticated every day, it’s more important than ever to ensure your employees know how to spot these IT security breaches and understand how they need to respond in these situations.
Protecting endpoints strategically
With the increased popularity of BYOD (bring your own device) workplaces and the ever-increasing number of employees working remotely, the devices they use are also vulnerable to cyberattack. Protecting these devices, whether they are mobile phones, tablets, PCs or laptops, is paramount to protecting your organization’s network.
Investing in business IT security
True, there is a cost associated with protecting your business from cyberattacks like malware, phishing and ransomware, but it’s important to balance that cost with the very real possibility of being a target of cyber crime. For instance, 60 percent of small businesses on the receiving end of a cyberattack end up going out of business in the first six months after the attack. And with many providers adjusting their IT security rates based on the number of employees, small businesses have the least amount to pay and, potentially, the most to lose.
In order to keep your small- or medium-sized business safe from cyberattacks, ensure that you have the strategies in place to stop hackers before they can access your network and your private information.
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Jake Vande Hey is the IT sales director for Marco, which specializes in business IT services, managed services, cloud services and copiers/printers. Its technology experts break down complex solutions into simple terms to position your business for success. Jake can be contacted at [email protected]