Security risks are not just a matter for large companies. Smaller companies can be easier targets as they do not have the resources or expertise in place to provide complete security. Are you an SMB that doesn’t think this could happen or thinks about security but doesn’t know where to take the first steps? Or for that matter, know what would be helpful for my business to stay protected and proactive?
You’re not alone. There are thousands of companies out there struggling with these same questions. This certainly resonates in an article from the Constance Gustke of The New York Times – No Business Too Small to Be Hacked, In this article, you see that your peer companies are in the same proverbial boat. Don’t neglect security but find ways to make your life easier now so you don’t have to deal with a myriad number of issues later. Another important aspect is ensuring employees are properly educated on security procedures. This will provide a grassroots level vigilance for protection.
How do you put security measures in place especially when you don’t have the expertise to do so and feel that every time you ask someone in IT, they give a complicated and very expensive answer? Are there “plug and play” solutions out there that you can rely on that won’t break the budget? These are all important considerations. From that, you will need to be proactive in setting up your baseline and find the tools that help make security easy. It is essential to develop a proactive security plan for your company and then implement it. This will involve monitoring of your network to ensure any vulnerabilities are assessed and corrected.
Andrew Hoyen is a Chief Administrative Officer at IGI which is a firm specializing in products and solutions for cybersecurity and vulnerability management.