We all rely on technology, and so do our businesses, big or small. Obviously, that includes us. Our clients find us online and use the 10D Tech website. We store confidential information and communicate via email. We download documents and research and file forms online. We manage other businesses networks. We do a lot of things and handle a lot of information using inherently vulnerable technology.
This makes us a target, just like it makes any of our clients a target. Our advantage is that we know IT security, we know how to protect ourselves, and we know how to help our clients protect themselves.
Numerous reports reveal that more than half of all small businesses are hit with a security breach. The financial consequences can be significant at best and devastating at worst. Right out of the gate, you’ll have to pay to have the systems recovered and recover your data; not to mention the damage to your reputation and potential loss of your clients.
Every organization needs to take responsibility and enable security measures to protect their business. Treat them like another monthly reoccurring cost, like phone bills and rent. You can’t just set it up and forget it because the attack protocols change daily. The Hollywood depiction of fending off a hacker attack, with streams of data scrolling across the screen, is unrealistic. The image of a computer genius pounding away on a keyboard like they are replying to a political Facebook post is just comical. Most hackers are in a business network for 68 days before being discovered. They sneak in through emails, phishing links, and EBKAC (Error Between Keyboard And Chair). The bad guys are good, really good, but are beatable with the right tools, properly configured firewalls, and staff training.
This issue’s cyber security tip:
Create a clear set of security protocols.
How will you protect your business? Take some time and write it out with your IT team (10D Tech, of course). You know your business, the IT team knows theirs. They’ll help you with the details of protecting your network, hardware, and client information. Don’t skimp here; the cost of a security failure can permanently close your doors.
Evaluation items you should regularly ask your IT Team:
How often do you run system updates, patches and network scans?
Do we need to protect and back up all of our data?
Does the staff have access to all of our sensitive data?
What software and applications are critical, and which are optional?
Who is in charge of your IT security team? Who is responsible?
Review the security plan every 6 months, and remember to include employee training in the security equation. Your cyber security plan only protects the business if everyone knows it and follows it.