Small businesses today are more vulnerable than ever to cyber attacks and therefore must take clear and strategic positioning around this topic. The recent Target debacle and the compromise of 40 million credit cards and 110 million identities highlight the vulnerabilities that exist in even the largest of retailers. How much more so for smaller players in the market.
So what exactly is a small business to do today in order to secure their private data and assets against malware, viruses, or hackers? Especially when hackers are becoming ever more professional and sophisticated in their attacks. If we can identify a trend in the preceding discussion it’s that cyber security really encompasses three major segments: protection, prevention, and proactive defense. Here are the main points in each category to remember.
Protect Your Environment
Small businesses today are in an extremely vulnerable situation as most have no formal cyber security plan. Again, it bears repeating that if a retail giant like Target could experience such an epic security breach, then small businesses should do everything in their power to protect, prevent, and defend against cyber warfare by adopting clear cybersecurity strategies. Don’t feel that you have to tackle everything at once, but work deliberately and clearly with key stakeholders and business leaders to establish milestones and benchmarks for the implementation of the above measures. Establish clear goals on the road towards “compliance.” Introduce your employees to the topic and ensure that they understand the benefits of cyber security. Make 2014 the year your organization adopts cyber security best practices and advances its pledge for a safe and secure future.