As with most other aspects of today's technological world and the way it impacts on small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), cybersecurity is subject to changing trends. As one of the key priorities for anyone who runs a business, it can, for various reasons, be hard to keep on track with all of the latest developments in this fast-moving area.
It isn’t just larger organisations that are now in the sights of hackers of scammers, as SMBs have now also become targets for a growing number of cybercriminals for various reasons. It is worth bearing in mind that cybercriminals often see smaller businesses as easier to attack because they might not use sophisticated security measures and their staff may be less aware of threats. Not only that but attackers view them as entry points to break into larger companies that work with them.
With risks and threats constantly evolving, the response must be to try staying one step ahead, or at least to keep up with trends. Email attacks through various phishing methods are one example of how a smaller business can be hit, and everything from weak password security to untrained human fallibility can allow easy access to those with malicious intent.
Smaller businesses are also often the victims of ransomware attacks, in which hackers seize control of data on work computers, blocking staff from accessing it and possibly also threatening to publish it unless a ransom is paid.
Solutions to reduce risk
Using the cloud can help because most providers offer up-to-the-minute security measures, such as multi-factor authentication and, of course, using an off-site remote server comes with built-in advantages of its own.
Outsourcing various security tasks need not be cost-prohibitive either, because providers of various services can offer regular upgrades using the latest patches designed to reduce risks by adapting both software and hardware to be ready to fight the latest hacks.
Perhaps one of the most overlooked aspects is staff training, even when 'staff' might mean a sole trader or small team. Awareness of potential threats is the basic factor in good cybersecurity policy, and again, is something that a responsible service provider can help you put into action. It is always a good idea to review your own security practices and look at potential vulnerabilities every few months.
An active cybersecurity strategy means considering changing risk trends at all times and having a process in place to deal with emerging situations. The threats are dynamic because they are complex and ever-evolving, using new tactics and approaches that might not have been tried before, as well as honing those that have proved effective in the past.
As there is no perfect solution to adopt which will work for all companies, every SMB should be aware of the dangers and take positive action to increase their security and reduce risks. At GCC, we have a history of helping our clients to keep their operations and data safe and secure — if you'd like to find out more contact us today.