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Safeguard Your Small Business Against Modern Cyber Attacks With Five Simple Steps

The rapid evolution of technology has enabled small and midsize businesses to gain a competitive edge in today’s market.

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In particular, technologies, such as cloud computing, mobility, and big data analytics have allowed for dramatic improvements in productivity and overall business performance. However, despite these new advantages, businesses are facing more security risks.

If your business is considering moving to the Cloud or implementing a BYOD policy, you need to ensure that some basic security practices are part of your plan:

  1. Foster a culture of cyber security.

Your employees are your first line of defense, and can be very effective in helping to protect your business from cyber attacks. However, in order to be effective, they need to be educated about the importance of cyber security. Without proper training and education, your employees will be your weakest link, as most cyber attacks originate from human error.

  1. Create a strategy for security management.

Carefully plan for a possible cyber attack. Go over what-if scenarios and ensure that all aspects of your plan work effectively to safeguard your system in the event of a breach. Most cyber attacks are connected to highly organized crime rings. If your business is organized with a strategic approach, you’ll be in a better position to withstand these attacks.

  1. Align your technology with your company’s security needs.

Acquire a managed security services provider that can provide you with easy access to highly skilled security professionals.  You’ll require engineers who can help you to quickly resolve issues as they arise.

  1. Design a policy for mobile devices.

Mobile apps and devices have serious vulnerabilities when it comes to security. In fact, malicious code infects more than 11.6 million mobile devices each day.  Through these malicious codes, hackers can access sensitive files, personal data or even hijack a device’s camera or microphone to secretly obtain information about confidential business meetings. A comprehensive mobile security policy that addresses risks associated with mobile content, apps, and sensitive data access will protect your SMB against such vulnerabilities.

  1. Join a cyber threat intelligence sharing platform

There is power in the conversations going on around you. Other businesses can be a great source of ideas. Therefore, working in conjunction with other organizations in the private sector to share information and expertise will better equip you to identify threats and prevent them from invading your networks before they become full-blown attacks.

Cybercriminals are becoming more organized and effective in launching assaults against smaller businesses that are often unprepared to deal with security breaches. To learn more about how you can protect your data and arm yourself against organized cyber attacks, give us a call (314) 439 -_4700 or send us an email: info@sseinc.com.

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Written by Mindy Reid on July 1st, 2015.

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