Small to midsized businesses (SMBs) are the apple of a cybercrook’s eye. They know you can’t afford the same online defense mechanisms that large corporations can, but your data and your customer’s data is just as valuable to a thief.
All SMBs need to be flexible and cost-conscious in order to be competitive. But if you’re relying solely on “free” online services to conduct business like Google Docs, Dropbox, and Facebook without seriously reflecting on IT risk management and data security, you could be putting your entire business at risk.
According to Symantec’s 2014 Internet Security Report, targeted attacks against SMBs rose by a whopping 91% in 2013, with 62% of those attacks being carried out successfully to the detriment of the business under siege.
A Little Effort Goes a Long Way
Here are five things you can do right now to help make your business and your customers more secure:
There is no such thing as a “silver bullet” when it comes to IT security. That is to say, there is no one single software solution you can buy that will safeguard your business and your data from cybercriminals. But that doesn’t mean you have to make it easy for the bad guys to rip you off. Would you leave the front door of your home unlocked? Of course you wouldn’t. So apply the same cautious and common sense approach to IT security and risk management. Doing so might be the difference between opening up for business tomorrow and declaring insolvency.
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