Small to medium-sized businesses are consistently targets of cyber-attacks due to their size and underestimated security measures. According to the 2017 State of Cybersecurity in Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Report, 61% of these organizations have experienced a data breach in the past year. It's time to prioritize your IT environment, and it's time to sleep soundly at night knowing your business has what it needs to stay protected.
COVERING ALL BASES
Protecting your business from a cyber-attack is about investing in and utilizing the right tools for the right protection. Covering all of your bases in terms of security is the only way to confidently fight cyber-attacks, and these aspects can range from monitored firewalls or intrusion prevention systems to managed vulnerability scanning of networks, servers, and databases. According to the report above, the root causes of these significant data breaches range from system errors to employee negligence. There is no "one tool fights all" solution, but the combination of the right tools will make your IT environment that much stronger.
You've heard rumors about the cost of securing your IT environment, but what you don't hear about is the money that could be lost due to a cyber-attack. According to CSO Online, cyber-crime damage is estimated to reach up to $6 trillion on an annual basis by 2021, making it the greatest threat to companies around the world. It's important to stay ahead of the curve, as the risk of a cyber-attack consistently increases.
START THE CONVERSATION
Prevention starts with a conversation. Recognizing that you don’t know what you don’t know, and giving yourself permission to ask for help. Fighting the cyber-era is about being proactive, and implementing the right team and tools for a safe and successful IT environment. Regardless of the amount of time or money you spend on implementing tools to safeguard your environment, the first, last, and BEST line of defense are your people. There is no substitute for the human element. If you’re not leveraging the collective asset of your people, then it’s only a matter of time before a compromise occurs.
Cyber-attacks are becoming more targeted and severe as technology advances, but they also provide a real opportunity for businesses to focus on true IT security methods. Avoid vulnerability and make it a priority to add value to your technical environment.
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