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Cybersecurity for Small Businesses

Cybersecurity is an essential consideration in today’s business world.Many companies invest significant amounts in annual overhead related to data security compliance. Even enterprises outside of highly regulated industries must maintain their awareness of the latest security threats and adapt. This requires not only new technology, but effective policies.

Hackers do not discriminate when it comes to their victims. A business of any size can become a target. Millions of attacks are automated every day. The evolving threat landscape makes cybersecurity for small businesses more important than ever.

Securing Your Business Against the Most Widespread Threat

The biggest vulnerability in any business network is human error.

Whether you are a solo operation or have a large team, there will always be gaps in technical knowledge to account for. Nobody can know everything, but you must make sure all personnel recognizes the basic signs of an attack. Hacking takes many forms, but there are often “tells.”

In any organization, hackers tend to focus on non-technical personnel because they are more likely to take actions that leave the entire business network vulnerable. By compromising one person’s login credentials, criminals can work their way through the rest of the system.

To protect your small business from hackers, be sure of the following:

1. Your Personnel Understand How Phishing Works

A phishing email is designed to look like legitimate communication from a supervisor or an important organization, like a bank. Staff should understand the telltale signs of phishing, such as broken images and poor spelling, and avoid clicking on unknown links or submitting information.

2. Sensitive User Data Is Never Shared on the Phone

Not all hacking is performed through automated means. Social engineering is the catch-all term for accessing a network’s resources through fraud or impersonation. Personnel should know no one in the business will ask for their usernames or passwords. They should contact the IT help desk directly when needed.

3. Your On-Site Hardware Uses Physical Security

Physical security provides an extra layer of protection against intruders who may come directly to your business in the course of an attack. It is critical to prevent hardware from being stolen. On-site servers and file storage should be safeguarded with locks only authorized personnel can open.

4. A Data Breach Plan Is in Place

If personnel believe a data breach may have occurred, they should know to refer the matter to a qualified expert who can investigate. That expert, in turn, should be able to invoke a data breach plan that helps limit the damage and accelerate the response at all levels of the organization.

Technical Solutions for Small Business Cybersecurity

Of course, cybersecurity for small business isn’t just about vigilance.

Your technical infrastructure must be designed to counteract various threats.

While it is not always necessary to have an internal IT team to oversee your network assets, everything should be built and optimized with best practices in mind. Some small businesses save money on ongoing costs using a third-party partnership for active network monitoring and help desk functions, for example.

To ensure your technology is resilient, institute the following features:

1. Perimeter Security

Perimeter security can consist of a standard software-based firewall or an integrated hardware and software solution. Some of the most advanced perimeter security on today’s market uses attack data from the vendor to automatically trace, capture, and segregate suspicious traffic while notifying your response team.

2. Automated Patch Management

Patch management ensures that all of your software is kept up to date. As soon as new updates come out, they will be introduced to your network automatically. This is especially valuable for enterprise antivirus software, which must be current to deal with emerging threats.

3. Unified Endpoint Management for Remote Personnel

If you use a hybrid model where some people work remotely, or your staff accesses your network resources as they travel for business, UEM is indispensable. It secures your data and devices no matter where they may be and allows you to eliminate all sensitive data if a device is lost or stolen.

Hire a Lawyer in Case of a Data Breach

Last but certainly not least, you must have the right legal representation in the event of a data breach.

Just as you hire an employment lawyer to deal with HR issues, the right attorney will defend you against liability in the wake of a data breach. Both your employees and customers may make claims against you, especially if sensitive financial data is compromised.

No business can prevent all attacks, but a proactive approach will protect you from the worst case scenario. The more steps you take to harden your business against intrusion, the less likely it is that any one attack will be sophisticated enough to do material harm to your business.

To learn more, contact us.

Originally posted 2021-08-26 19:39:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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