Many small businesses fail to recognize that they are vulnerable to cyber attacks, incorrectly believing that they won’t be targeted. However, small businesses are often more vulnerable than larger organizations. They don’t have the resources to put strong cybersecurity practices in place. As a result, many are unprepared and may struggle to recover from attacks.
According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, almost half of small businesses have suffered a cyber attack. More than 70% of attacks target small businesses.
Three tips to help keep your organization secure
Have a plan of action
Most of the damage incurred from cyber attacks is a result of the organization’s inability to respond to cyber crime. Organizations must recognize that expensive software alone is not enough to protect them from cyber threats. They need plans and procedures in place to address the threats and define the steps that need to be taken after an attack to help limit the damage.
ISO/IEC 27001 is the international standard for information security. It takes a holistic approach to information security, addressing people, processes, and technology, and sets out the requirements of an ISMS (information security management system). Implementing ISO 27001 enables your organization to successfully tackle cyber threats.
Train your staff
Many organizations fail to adequately train their staff. Social engineering attacks, such as phishing campaigns, pose the greatest risk, so it is vital that employees know how to recognize and handle them.
Simulating a cyber attack can help your organization identify its vulnerabilities and learn how to deal with threats. Penetration testing is a systematic process that probes your applications and networks for vulnerabilities. It is essentially a controlled form of hacking in which the ‘attackers’ operate on your behalf to find the sorts of weaknesses that criminals exploit.
You can discover how to prepare for a data breach by visiting our #BreachReady page. We break the process down into six simple steps and recommend tools and services you can use to complete each task.