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Protecting Your Business from Cyber Attacks

It’s a cold world out there, and today, systems security issues abound for any sized company. However, for the smallest of enterprises, any data breech, or malware intrusion, can create enough disruption to turn a company upside down, or worse.  

As a result, it is particularly important for small business owners and managers to take the protection of digital business infrastructures seriously and have cybersecurity measures in place. But what is Cybersecurity anyway? 

Cybersecurity is defined as, “measures taken to protect a computer or computer system (as on the Internet) against unauthorized access or attack.” While this is appears to be a fairly straightforward description, responding to this threat requires practical measures. Here are three ways to help protect your company in the short term. 

  • Immediately begin to consider the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on your business operations. Whether you are a small manufacturer, a healthcare facility, a transportation services company, or everything in the middle, the IoT is probably involved in your operations these days. This threat is particularly true of any mobility-based process, such as direct or indirect sales, or inventory management activity. Bear in mind that that even though your business system may be secure, any contract field rep or supply-chain system may not be, and consequently can create a breach into your internal infrastructure.

  • Ensure that you are employing proper security rules, while monitoring and tracking user logins. The most pervasive breaches usually involve some failure of access control, and the worst of all involve some kind of lackadaisical approach to elemental ownership of passwords and logins. Consequently, ensure that your IT folks define and deliver proper security rules to your workforce, followed up by regular monitoring of all access credentials.   

  • Identify and secure any third-party systems that require access to your infrastructure. This caveat applies in concert with considerations associated with the IoT, and internal user password and login scripts, but in this event is primarily oriented to peer-based systems activities that may interact with components within your business infrastructure. Again, the biggest weaknesses in today’s digital environment relate to intrusions created by malformed access failures, however, in this case a breach can come and go without the company even knowing something is amiss. Consequently, if you are doing business with third-parties who require access to your systems, deploy your own security rules and make sure that those entities are on the same page with your own requirements.    

It makes more sense for a business owner to focus on running and growing the business, rather than attempting to manage the ins and outs of technology, and security. Hiring a managed service provider can give you the freedom to grow your business without the worry that you’ll fall behind. 

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