9 Cyber Security Best Practices for Your Small Medium-Size Business.

Cyber Security

Its quite normal to think that because you have a small company, Cyber criminals will be least interested in attacking your company. The data suggest differently

“71% of cyber-attacks target small business as per U.S. Congressional Small Business Committee “

But what is the reason for targeting SMB customers?

All cyber-attacks are intended to obtain personal data to use in identity theft. The enterprise companies have large data but secured networks, on the other hand, the SMB will have less data with vulnerable networks.

Moreover, the small business is a huge target because attacks are automated. The criminals don’t care whom they’re attacking, and while any given business isn’t worth much, they have viruses or ransomware that allow them to attack thousands or millions.”

The other reasons for SMB to get targeted are their lack of concern regarding the security, lack of time, budget, and expertise of proper security.

How can your business avoid being a victim of a cyber-attack? 

The typical answer to this question is listed below.

  • Use a firewall- 95% of SMB companies use this
  • Install anti-malware software- 75% of companies will have this implemented
  • Install Antivirus- 100% of companies have this

“But still, we find 71% of SMB are victims of cyber-attacks Why?”

Let us look at a few facts
  • Most of the companies have a firewall but 35% of them have not configured correctly.
  • 45% of all received e-mails are spam and 6% contain malware.
  • Phishing and social engineering techniques were the most common methods of compromising data in 2019, targeting end-users
  • The average total cost of a data breach in the healthcare industry is $6.45 million
  • 93% of malware is activated by URLs and Word-, Excel- and pdf-files with macros
  • According to IBM, 24% of all data breaches are caused by human failure

So, having just the first level of defense will not help the companies to secure the network.

How can your business avoid being a victim of a cyber-attack? 

Here are 9 Cyber security best practices for the business you can begin to implement today.

First and foremost, thing…..

  1. Conduct an IT security audit and identify your vulnerability before implementing any solution ( I am not talking about VAPT). You can reach out to me for more info.
  2. Document your Information security Policies
  3. Backing up your data regularly. (We can suggest you some finest solutions)
  4. Security awareness training for employees. If your employees are not educated, the implemented solutions will have minimal impact. (We are providing security awareness training and platforms.
  5. Strong Passwords & Multi-factor Authentication and controlled access management to critical devices)
  6. Please ensure that your operating systems are updated. Use Patch management solutions ( We can suggest you a few)
  7. Along with outsiders, be aware of insider threats. Recommended is to have an integrated Data Leakage Prevention solution that uses behaviour analytics ( checkout Indefend DLP)
  8. Beware of spam emails, and they are the major source of cyber-attacks. (try Vircom modusCloud)
  9. Cybersecurity can’t be on Autopilot. It needs regular monitoring so consider opting for managed security services which can ensure 24/7 security monitoring and incident response.

Final Thoughts……

“No matter your business size or whether you handle sensitive information, you could still find yourself as the target of an attack.

Let’s not end up being another statistics”

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