Does your small business have a cybersecurity plan? Here’s how to create one that will protect your business from cyber risks and threats large and small.
How To Create A Cybersecurity Plan to Protect Your Small Business
You know that as a business owner, you must ensure the cybersecurity of your company at all times.
But did you know that this means more than simply setting up a firewall and some anti-malware protection and calling it good?
From ransomware and clickjacking to software vulnerabilities, malvertising, and phishing scams, there are plenty of people out there who want to hurt, manipulate, or steal from your business.
And that number is only growing. The list of cyber threats to small businesses is becoming bigger and bigger. Yet businesses are continually failing to meet this demand for better security.
Cybersecurity professional, Greg Thornton with SSE in St. Louis shares insights on how small businesses can protect themselves from becoming a statistic in 2020.
Why Are Small Businesses Targeted?
Small and medium-sized businesses are often targeted because they don’t have an adequate amount of security set up. This is simply because small business owners and managers assume that they do not need cybersecurity measures. “Who would want to steal from us!?” is a common sentiment among small business owners.
But the truth is that small businesses often have enough valuable data, sensitive information, or funds in the coffers to warrant a cyberattack, plus they’re typically not very good at protecting themselves as we’ve stated.
If you are a small business owner or manager, here’s what you need to do to create a cybersecurity plan and protect your business:
Ensure Frequent Updates Of Your Hardware And Software.
Updating your network equipment and devices regularly is crucial to preventing infections. Often, software companies will understand that there is malware afoot, and they’ll create a simple update or patch to help prevent said malware. Not staying on top of these updates can put you at risk.
Understand That Sometimes, Employees Are At Fault
Employee training is key to preventing cyberattacks as it’s often employees themselves that inadvertently click the links or downloads that bring about the malware or virus.
Maintain A Secure Backup At All Times
If someone does happen to compromise the security of your business, you want to know that your company won’t instantly collapse. Having a safe backup on the cloud (not on-premise) and updating it regularly will ensure this.
Above all else, in order to safeguard your business from possible cyber threats, make sure that you are working with a reputable IT company you can trust. The outside expertise offered by a professionally managed service provider cannot be beaten. Your MSP will be on top of the latest cyber threats and the security measures needed to prevent them.
If you are not already working with a managed service provider in your area, make an appointment to speak with one about starting up a contract soon. The quicker you sign on a reliable IT company, the quicker you’ll be able to secure the safety and protection of your business.
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