Cybersecurity has a become a major concern in recent years and 2017 shows no signs of letting up. While most stories that make headlines about cybersecurity breaches cover large corporations such as Target or Yahoo, it is important to also be aware of hacks into small businesses. If you’re a small business owner, cybersecurity protection and response can be expensive; however, there are some things that can be done that are relatively inexpensive yet still help protect your data/assets.
You should initially identify what needs to be protected and establish a plan centered around the best way to secure that information, and then look into effective upgrades of your security mechanisms. For example, take a close look at your third party vendors and research the best option for your small business. Third party vendors are often targeted by hackers because they handle so much valuable information.
Another cheap but effective step you can take is nurturing your work place culture to be vigilant towards suspicious emails or phone calls. Work place cybersecurity flaws are not always schemes from malevolent employees, nor are they always coming from foreign threats. They often occur because of uninformed employees that are ignorant of current risks and scams. No one should ever open an unknown attachment or click a link in an email without being sure of the source. This area of risk is relatively cheap to address and it goes a long way in protecting your company’s sensitive data.
There is a lot of information and advice out there intended to help protect against cybersecurity threats, but before investing in security, take time to target where your company is most valuable, address your team, and move from there. It can save you money and lay good ground in protecting your business. As always, if you have any questions about your small business, please contact us. We’d love to help.