Whether you are a small or large organization, vigilance is important for any business. Protecting your digital assets means being smart and attentive to security best practices. All too often, companies disregard cybersecurity and leave the door open for criminals to take advantage.
Just because your company might be modest compared to larger organizations does not mean it can’t be a target. In fact, more than half of cybercrime victims are smaller corporations. In many cases, these attacks could have been avoided with a few preemptive defenses. If you can recognize the hazards that leave many businesses vulnerable to attack, it could be easier to implement safeguards against them.
For example, many organizations rely on a single IT person to handle security. Although this might seem cost-effective and enough to protect against cybersecurity attacks, it also means you have a single point of failure. If something slips past that person, information such as competitive advantages and strategic resources could be exposed.
A stronger approach would be to establish an in-house IT team, or consider partnering with a managed service provider. These professionals can ensure you have multiple levels of security at all times.
Another frequent mistake is failing to train employees about basic cybersecurity. More than 60% of data breaches are caused by staff behavior such as setting weak passwords, opening questionable emails and visiting malicious websites. Educating your workforce about the risks associated with software and other online resources could greatly reduce risk.
Whether your operation is large or small, there is no excuse for a data breach. If you are not protecting your business’s digital information, it may be only a matter of time before you become a victim. Make sure to check out the infographic below for more insights on common cybersecurity mistakes.
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