No business can claim to be entirely immune to cyberattacks. Hackers and cybercriminals are constantly using new means and ways to attack small businesses, which often don’t spend as much on security and are also unaware of the risks, concerns, and threats. In most cases, hackers end up exploiting existing cyber vulnerabilities. In this post, we are discussing more on cybersecurity and how small businesses can do better.
Create a cybersecurity policy
Unfortunately, a lot of companies still don’t think of cybersecurity beyond compliance. Yes, you have to ensure protection of data and adhere to applicable compliance norms, rules, and regulations, but cybersecurity is more than just that. It needs a proactive approach to prevent security incidents, and if one occurs at all, there should be a proper guide on managing such incidents and mitigating the consequences and risks. Ensure that your company has a comprehensive cybersecurity policy, and if you are unsure of how to approach that, there are services that can help with the process.
Spending on training teams and employees
Your employees are eventually handling the cyber resources, networked devices, and systems, and they need to know the concerns, threats, and ways to manage the same. Aware and responsible employees can prevent cybersecurity incidents, and you don’t have to worry about insider threats as much. Having said that, you have to spend on employee training, and it is important to bring down departmental silos, so that your company can collaboratively work against hackers. You can conduct regular workshops on new & emerging threats, and make cybersecurity training a part of the onboarding process.
Get ethical hackers to work
While running a bug bounty program may seem expensive to small businesses, it isn’t the case. You have to consider engaging the security community, so that your existing security issues, bugs, flaws and vulnerabilities can be fixed, before a hacker exploits the same. Consider getting a cybersecurity service that can run such a program for your business, and they can help you get help from ethical hackers, who can assist in getting rid of existing concerns.
When it comes to taking cybersecurity measures, always assume that you are at risk. Keeping up your cyber defenses is the best way to deal with threats, and no matter how small or different your business model may seem, the risks are real and must be mitigated by following the basic steps we just discussed.