IT security is extremely important to businesses both large and small. It seems not a week goes by without a report of a breach taking place in one company or another, sometimes affecting the largest firms in the world. As reported in the Silicon Valley Business Journal, “Cybercriminals are raking in $34 million annually by targeting individuals and businesses with ransomware. An uptick in ransomware attacks is costing the average target $300, according to a new security report out from Cisco Systems, Inc. More than 9,500 people pay ransoms to hackers each month.”
If you sell products or services online it’s essential to keep your customers’ information secure. Does your business have a data security plan in place?
Many small companies, even those who handle client payment information, believe they’re not at risk. They think that because they’re small, cybersecurity isn’t a problem they need to worry about. In fact, the reverse is true. Check out this small business ransomware story from an IT firm in St. Louis. Cyber theft is a rapidly growing epidemic, especially in the small-business realm. IT security support is imperative — whether you have a detailed data-backup process, an actionable plan in case of a breach, or at the very least someone to call when you need assistance.
According to the United States Federal Communications Commission, “Whether a business is thinking of adopting cloud computing or just using email and maintaining a website, cybersecurity should be a part of the plan. Theft of digital information has become the most commonly reported fraud, surpassing physical theft. Every business that uses the Internet is responsible for creating a culture of security that will enhance business and consumer confidence.”
To that end, they devised the Small Biz Cyber Planner, an online resource for small businesses. The government site generates action plans for small companies to address cybersecurity needs. This resource provides customized information about what IT security steps your business needs to take to provide the best safety for your customers and your business.
Here are a few tips to ensure IT security and keep your data safe:
Cybersecurity affects businesses of any scale. Determining where problems may arise, keeping your finger on the pulse of security threats, and maintaining a plan of action are all important IT security responsibilities of today’s business owners.
This guest post is authored by Mark Anderson of Anderson Technologies.
CEO and Founder at Mighty Shouts.
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