If there’s one thing your small business needs to understand about cybersecurity in 2018 it is that you are a target for hackers. Small Business Trends shared some important statistics about a year ago that we should probably revisit in order to illustrate our point:
- 43% of cyber attacks focus on small businesses.
- 60% of small businesses fail after a cyber attack.
- 48% of data breaches are tied to malicious software; the rest are tied to human error or system failure.
- 14% of small businesses say their network security is “highly effective.”
- After a cyber attack, small businesses spent an average of $879,582 on recovering their data and replacing technology.
Despite these startling statistics, the same study indicated that only 51% of small businesses are allocating any budget toward lessening their risks.
There is one piece of good news in all this gloomy cybersecurity news: there are steps that small businesses can take in order to stay safe.
Best Cybersecurity Tips for Small Business
Cybersecurity is no longer inaccessible to the small business because of tight budgets. Small businesses can now take advantage of the same cloud models that have made software tools both accessible and affordable to even start-up companies.
We have four crucial components to a robust security plan for the small business IT infrastructure. Our best recommendations include:
First, establishing a secure firewall with content filtering, centralized management, and intrusion prevention to help control who and what are accessing your network.
Second, applying top-of-the-line antivirus software that unleashes intelligent automation to respond to cybersecurity threats before a data breach occurs.
Third, using an Internet gateway that blocks malicious sites before the surfer can cause harm, while applying ad and malware blocking, content filtering, protection against botnets, and more.
Fourth, creating security awareness by providing ongoing cybersecurity training and testing for all employees.
This four-pronged approach provides your small business with a robust security framework that can defend against most threats.
While executing these tips may seem like a huge expense, advances in technology have also made security more affordable. Cloud based security solutions, for example, makes it much easier and practical for small businesses to protect their data.
Why Security in the Cloud?
Applying security in the cloud means that your small business will mitigate cybersecurity risks. Some of the benefits of cloud security include:
- Lower costs
- Scalability to add more users quickly
- Constantly upgraded as new threats emerge
- Easy go-live
- Peace of mind
CWPS has teamed up with some of the biggest names in the technology sector and cybersecurity industry, including Cisco and Cylance, to provide even the smallest client with the biggest of tools to protect their data.
The CWPS cloud security bundle can be configured to fit your unique situation and can be managed through one secure portal. Contact us to find out more.