When you hear the word “cyberattack,” you might automatically think of large conglomerates, but did you know that 81 percent of all breaches happen to small and medium sized businesses? Yes, you are at risk.
If you value your data – think customer information and financial records – then that means you are vulnerable to opportunistic criminals. A new ransomware attack occurs every 14 second. In 2021, it will be every 11 seconds; less time than it took for you to read this page.
What would be the impact if your systems were taken down or data was stolen?
Where you might be vulnerable
- Spam email – reduce exposure that comes through email, which is the most common
- Passwords – making sure there’s an enforceable password policy
- Security awareness training – policies that people are actually aware of and following
- Advanced detection – protection and responses that happen in the background
- Updates – keep all software current automatically
- Dark web research – knowing what’s happening here, so as to be proactive against stolen credentials
- Cloud and mobile security – a critical part of how you do business, but also highly vulnerable to attacks
Write down the date of your last risk assessment
We all know that IT is always changing. It’s important to establish a baseline and close existing vulnerabilities and for this to happen on an on-going basis. Cybersecurity should never be “set it and forget it.” If you can’t think of the date when you completed a risk assessment or if you’re relying on solutions from years past, then now is an opportune time to go through the list of risks above and determine the status of your cybersecurity ecosystem. We will help you with this! Schedule a FREE risk assessment.
Think about your customers
Consider the chaos that will ensue after a breach – possible social media coverage, lost customers, angry partners and a damaged reputation. The impact creates a ripple effect, especially if you consider how security is actually a part of your customer’s user experience. Also, customer’s will not be able to access their data because ransomware has locked your system.
It is their data that needs to be protected, whether that is from ransomware or a disgruntled employee. Every business says they value their customers and want to provide a good experience. This starts with protecting their data.
There’s a huge financial stake
Criminals are adept at creating emails that look and seem real to get you or someone on your team to wire money to a phony account. They may get access your data and hold it ransom or they may impersonate a business you actually have a relationship with. The bad guys will go to greath lengths to be sneaky and get your to send money — you may even have a conversation with them and not realize it!
You deserve best practice
We understand that cybersecurity can seem complex and expensive. We also know your employees need dependable, quick and secure access to company data and their computers and devices. Our core values are about providing enterprise-grade services to small and mid-size businesses.
We’re really good at working with our customers’ budgets and providing best-practice solutions – because that’s what you deserve.
We follow the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) framework and align your plan with corporate objectives that meet compliance standards and move you away from ad-hoc and reactive security efforts.
Pearls of wisdom
The NIST Framework not only helps organizations understand their cybersecurity risks (threats, vulnerabilities and impacts), but how to reduce these risks with customized measures. The Framework also helps them respond to and recover from cybersecurity incidents, prompting them to analyze root causes and consider how they can make improvements.
Don’t Believe These Myths
Free is fine
You can easily and conveniently use free or inexpensive and unrestricted resources.
You don’t believe it will happen to you; it’s just the big guys that get targeted.
It seems complicated
IF something happens, we can just deal with it then.
We have anti-virus
You believe your IT team and basic firewall, anti-virus has you covered.
Schedule a Roadmap Assessment
During this brief discussion, you can tell us your concerns and we’ll give you some guidance (for free) about how to improve gaps in your IT strategy.