As a small business, it’s clear that you won’t have the same sort of budget for things as a larger corporation would, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still invest in some quality measures that will ensure your business assets are safe, secure and well protected.
It’s a common belief that as far as security breaches are concerned, larger enterprises will bear the brunt of the attacks – after all, they are the ones with the millions of customers, each with personal information aplenty stored on their servers. You’d be right in thinking that large corporations, such as Sony, have seen their fair share of malicious attacks by cybercriminals, but that doesn’t mean that small businesses are invincible. In fact, according to a recent infographic from Symantec, there has been a considerable shift in web threat trends, with more small businesses becoming targeted by unscrupulous individuals. Their infographic, available in two parts (part 1 and part 2), also tells us about other trends that may be of interest, comparing data from 2011 and 2012 and highlighting important differences.
The key is to invest in some form of internet security, to protect your business from falling victim. While some attacks may be relatively small, such as malware hidden in a spam email, you never know when you’ll be targeted by a bigger attack, and the last thing you want is to not be protected when that time came. As a small business, recuperating after such a huge loss can be impossible, so it’s best to protect yourself and your business from the very start. As always, prevention is better than cure.
This is one of the simplest and most basic measures you could put into place. Whether you work from home or as part of a small team, installing anti-virus software onto your network of computers can help to protect your equipment from viruses that can be crippling.
If you were to click a link in an unknown email without such protection, you could unwittingly expose your computer and the network to potentially destructive malware, viruses, Trojans and worms.
Backing up your work and business data is essential and, while a separate hard drive could do the job, cloud software will help you to store your backed up work away from your computer so that if everything was to be destroyed, you’d still have your important information.
Cloud services are a secure way of storing data in cyberspace, meaning there’s virtually no need to keep the data on site, using hardware or software.
These are vital for customer confidence if your business provides an ecommerce aspect. These certificates ensure that any data transferred from web browser to server is encrypted and protected, including credit card details, passwords and login information.
You can also use such certificates to protect your internal network and intranet.
It’s essential that all businesses continue to be as secure as possible, and the above measures are all affordable and worthy of investment for every venture. It’s hard enough to make a success of a small business and, once you’re on the home straight, the last thing you want is to risk a cyber-attack. Small steps can help to protect your business and give you, and your valuable customers and clients, better peace of mind.