Has your cybersecurity strategy adapted to meet these new challenges to your business?
Don't get comfy and complacent. It has been a year of substantial disruption to "standard operating procedure" and many companies have displayed incredible ingenuity in keeping their businesses running.
Forced out of offices, workers gained new ways to access files remotely. In the wake of constant laptop shortages, personal devices got put to work to keep employees productive. Unable to gather staff into a boardroom for important announcements, people looked to their digital platforms for vital information.
Unfortunately, cybercriminals have been just as ingenious in finding ways to exploit each of these changes, and many more. Now is the time to get aligned with best practices.
Spending days and months building your own cybersecurity solution from scratch is an expensive and time-consuming exercise in futility.
But yours isn't the first company that's had to make this journey to increased security, so why does it feel like you're for some reason blazing a new trail. You aren't asking for revolutionary new ideas, you just need a system that works. Something that fends off the ransomware attacks, reduces the chance that your customers' confidential data will be breached and blunts the impact of spear-phishing attempts on your organization.
Here are just a few of the questions any cybersecurity system you evaluate should be able to answer:
People are the number one point of failure in a cybersecurity system. 67 % of all breaches were the result of social engineering, compromised credentials, and user error. Hackers prefer to spend as little effort as possible, and it's usually far easier to trick a person than it is to bash their way through a properly managed firewall. How do you address not just the technological component, but the human one as well?
As cybersecurity is a constantly evolving field, who is responsible for getting the training required and implementing the solutions necessary to counter new threats?
You should be able to tell how effective your system is in detecting threats and remediating problems. Are you able to track trends and analyze data, or are you left in the dark unless there's a major incident?
Policies and procedures are often drawn up with the utmost care and attention. Are your policies proactively enforceable, or merely reactive and punitive? If the latter, the damage is already done, regardless of who you can then "assign responsibility" to. This especially applies to Acceptable Use Policies that dictate what devices on your network can and cannot be used for.
Information that has made it onto the internet is difficult to remove. Information that winds up on the dark web is almost impossible to scrub out. Do you know what information about our company is out there already, and how do we prevent more from showing up on these illegal marketplaces?
There are many more variables that go into the proper design and execution of cybersecurity coverage for small and medium-sized businesses. You have different risks, and different resources to tackle them.
For more comprehensive coverage of cybersecurity for organizations like yours, view our full report "The 8 Most Critical IT Security Protections Every Business Must Have In Place NOW To Protect Themselves From Cybercrime, Data Breaches, Malware, and Hacker Attacks."
What do I do next to secure my business?
It's an important question, and you should mistrust anyone who thinks they can give you an easy answer. Cybersecurity, like any other facet of your business, requires balancing and finesse. Proposals need to be understood in regards to how much risk they mitigate, what their effects on productivity are, and what they will cost both to configure and maintain.
That doesn't mean an answer can't be found. Go through the same assessment as our 40 other clients did, and you will receive an executive summary of where your biggest current gaps are, and what you can do now to start addressing them. You won't get an 80-page technical document, but rather plain business language on how you can start making a difference.
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You might not be a target, but you're still at risk.
Most cybercrime isn't targeted, it's financially motivated and opportunistic. You're just another username and password, just another IP address, just another entry in a database, and your money is still good. 30% of employees work in small and medium businesses, and 28% of breaches happen to small and medium businesses meaning your users are just as much a threat as those at Desjardins or LifeLabs, or any other major firm that suffered a breach in the last year.
Small businesses might not get the same spotlight in the news when disaster strikes, but the pain felt is just as real if not more so. Don't rely on chance to keep your business safe from the opportunists who would do you harm. Speak to our qualified cybersecurity IT professionals today.