4 Things Your Small Business Can Do To Protect Itself From Cyber Attacks

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How well is your business protected from the onslaught of Cyberattacks?

It’s a tough question to answer.

And one that many small business owners just aren’t qualified to answer.

According to a report published by Vistage in 2018 called Cyber threats and Solutions for Small and Midsize Businesses, 62% of small businesses don’t have an up-to-date or active cybersecurity strategy in place.

One reason is that many small businesses don’t have the time, personnel or skills to take on Cybersecurity.

Another reason is that cybersecurity is such a broad field that it’s hard to get your arms around how to handle it properly.

These 2 reasons and others are why most small businesses end up outsourcing their cybersecurity functions to a tech service provider.

Regardless of where you are in your cybersecurity efforts, here are the 4 steps you can take to better protect your business against attacks and breaches:

Make an honest assessment of your current cybersecurity defenses and the potential risks your company faces if there’s a breach

To do this, you’ll need to have a tech service provider assess where you’re at today.

Most tech service providers perform security and network assessments that can help you understand where you’re at and what needs to be done to improve the security posture of your business.

Decide whether you can manage cybersecurity in-house or whether it would be better to outsource it

This is a critical step.

Make a decision on which path to take helps to lay the groundwork for how you’ll handle cybersecurity going forward.

If you decide to manage cybersecurity in-house you’ll still need to outsource the smarts.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to own this function yourself if it is that important to you.

Still, other business owners and managers feel comfortable with a less hands-on approach and just outsource the cybersecurity altogether.

Implement layered security measures to detect and block attacks

This is where having the right mix of education, experience and exposure comes into play.

Designing a layered security model that gives your business the right level of security takes some time.

Both in design and implementation.

But it needs to be done.

Educate your employees on cybersecurity threats and best practices

The final piece that most small businesses don’t do well is educating their staff on cybersecurity.

Educating your staff on cybersecurity can really help reduce your exposure to attacks.

A simple behavior like just deleting suspicious emails makes a difference.

Side note—I call this behavior delete don’t click.

Take a minute this week and ask yourself these 4 questions

Then commit to taking the next step to improve cybersecurity in your business.