Whether they realize it or not, all businesses have a door to the digital world. Not every organization conducts business through digital channels, but all operate with technology and processes in the internet era. The looming question for businesses is whether their door to the digital world is secured, left unlocked, or worse yet – swinging open to the outside world.
So how big is the concern?
“The World Economic Forum now rates a large-scale breach of cybersecurity as one of the five most serious risks facing the world today. The scale of the threat is expanding drastically: by 2021, the global cost of cybersecurity breaches will reach US$6 trillion by some estimates, double the total for 2015.”
Most small and medium sized businesses today lack the capability to deal with advanced, targeted assaults and they may not even be aware of attack methods that are emerging. There are so many disparate threats – and perpetrators that could be anyone from a rogue employee to a terrorist group or a nation state. In today’s highly connected age, attackers have easy access to malware and sophisticated tools – and even hire cyber-criminals on the dark web.
Without help from a third-party expert (or hiring internal expertise), it is likely that small and medium sized businesses will face these categories of attack at one time or another, and possibly simultaneously.
Are you Prepared?
Most businesses whether small or large do not feel as though they are prepared to face the threats present in the landscape today. Here are some statistics from EY’s Global Information Security Survey:
When You Need Help
At Connecting Point, network management and IT consulting teams believe that a sound IT network security strategy is the cornerstone of great technology support and IT best practices. We’ve also come to believe that an IT strategy must align with a layered approach; meaning you must have security around the network, your users, your devices, your data and your processes as an organization.
It’s our job to take the think-work out of IT Security for our clients…we provide the services and strategy to defend your business against the cyber security threats of today and prepare for the those in the future.
When evaluating your current security strategy, some services that are important to evaluate are:
- Firewalling & Security Services
- Anti-Virus Software
- Email Filtering Services (Backup of Email, Encryption Services, Archiving Services)
- Data Backup & Recovery Services
- Hard Disk Encryption Software
- Password Management Software
- Multi-Factor Authentication Software
- Mobile Device Management
- Employee Security Training & Compliance