Many small business owners believe that cybersecurity is just a topic for big corporations to discuss. While you may only hear news about breaches of massive corporations, don’t be mistaken and think your business is outside the risk zone. In 2019 alone, 67% of small businesses experienced a cyberattack. Cybercriminals don’t care about the size of the business because every business is an opportunity. Small businesses are even targeted more often as they tend to have fewer technical obstacles than large ones. If you own a small business, you need to take proactive steps to improve security.

Risk Management

Compared to large enterprises, small businesses tend to lack resources, funds and trained staff to effectively keep cybercriminals at bay; this is why more and more small businesses are dealing with cyberattacks daily. When breaches do occur, the lack of funds and resources often results in attempts to solve the problem without the help of a security expert, possibly making the problem even more financially damaging and time consuming.  

Protecting Sensitive Data

Small businesses need to mobilize now to protect their data; these steps listed below can help in the prevention of falling victim to a cyberattack.

  1. Install a next-generation antivirus solution

Older antivirus solutions are unable to recognize exploits that have never been seen before. In addition to the frequent use of new vulnerabilities, cybercriminals can create malicious programs that can change their appearance and defeat security solutions that rely on the identification of known exploits. Next-generation solutions identify viruses and malicious programs by behavior rather than appearance.

2. Employee training

Some attacks, such as phishing attacks, require sufficient training to stop them. Employees are vulnerable to these types of social engineering and trust attacks which can results in the passing of sensitive information that could lead to network vulnerabilities.

3. Create better business processes:

Best practices such as granting employees only the rights they need, logging everything, and keeping sensitive and personally identifiable information under strict security protocols reduce overall risk.

4. IOT device management:

Mobile and IOT devices make the security environment even more complicated. Pushing the latest updates on devices helps ensures the necessary security needed to protect sensitive data is being put in place. As IOT devices do not need humans to transfer data they can be dangerous when unmonitored and undermanaged.

Employees Need to Be Vigilant

It’s important for small business employees to understand the less obvious ways hackers can get the information that gives them access to IT systems. For example, an increasing number of cyber-attacks are carried out through social engineering tactics, such as employees receiving calls and emails from customers or a known senior employee requesting details or information. In this scenario it’s easy for employees to overlook the problem, and in many cases, they may not even know they are being targeted. It is essential to create vigilant employees to prevent cybercriminals from obtaining security and identification details from all customers.

KLH Can Help

As security attacks increase at staggering rates, you may need to make some important changes to your business processes to protect your sensitive information. The easiest way to do this is with an experienced partner. Give us a call at 952-528-8200 to see how KLH can secure your small business.