We’ve all seen the headlines “Company X has had their data held for ransom” or worse yet, “Company Y had a data breach and customer information has been stolen”. This only happens to the big Fortune 100 companies, right?
Wrong - cybersecurity is relevant to companies of all sizes and anyone is a target. In fact, 43 percent of cyber attacks target small business.
While your business may only have a security budget that is a fraction of larger enterprises, spending that money wisely can still help you sleep at night. Nothing is ever infallible; however, implementing security measures can go a long way.
Security Measures You Should Have in Place
Cybersecurity works best when implemented in layers, much like how you protect your own house. Working from the outside in, there are several common layers typically implemented in a well-designed system:
Some questions you should ask yourself:
It is vital to know the answers to these questions BEFORE something happens. Time is of the essence when dealing with a data breach or malicious activity and if you are unable to stop the spread quickly, it could be much like a fire in your house: if not quickly contained it can be devastating.
If you are unsure of your company’s cybersecurity defenses, or are unable to answer the above questions that probably means there is room for improvement. Just like with your home, unless you’re experienced in assessing alarm systems, its often best to talk to an expert who specializes in this field. By following these measures and getting a security assessment, you can significantly reduce the risk that cyber threats pose to your business.