The Importance of Cybersecurity For Small Business

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Going into 2021, small businesses like yours are focusing on increasing their online presence, building an online sales platform (e-commerce), and maintaining communication with employees, vendors, and customers. The COVID-19 pandemic is behind much of this focus in the new year. Concern over the “pandemic economy” is the number one area of uncertainty for small businesses (source). That is driving companies to look to digital solutions or replacements for the ways they did business in the past. It is also presenting a growing threat -- cybersecurity.

Another cybersecurity consideration is the fact that businesses sent employees home to work in 2020. Many, if not most, of those employees, won’t return to the office full time. That extends the wall of security around their networks into the homes of their employees, opening up entirely new opportunities for hackers to get in.

So, what should you know about cybersecurity and your business going into 2021?

Types Of Cybersecurity Attacks and Breaches

You may be aware of some of the largest, most infamous cybersecurity attacks in recent years, including foreign attacks on our government, the Equifax hacking, and other breaches at companies like Adobe, LinkedIn, Yahoo, and eBay. There are attackers actively working all around the globe using bots and technology to find any vulnerabilities they can in networks and devices -- think thermostats and doorbells these days. Which “device” is most vulnerable? Humans. Your employees.

Here are a few types of cybersecurity attacks:

The Impact Of A Cybersecurity Breach

A cybersecurity breach can be as minimal as being a minor annoyance and as severe as being the end of your business. If the breach is serious enough, the consequences could bleed into the owner’s or officers’ personal lives.

Here are the potential business impacts of a cybersecurity breach:

Protecting Your Small Business And Your Customers

Creating a cybersecurity plan to protect your business and your customers’ information begins with an assessment of your current security activities and training, as well as identifying vulnerabilities. There are three key areas for small businesses as they create these plans, including:

Cybersecurity Consulting

The first step in creating your cybersecurity plan is an assessment. This is an involved process that analyzes your technology, your people, and your processes in order to implement the proper cybersecurity protections and identify points of vulnerability. An easy way to get started on your own is to download our cybersecurity checklist. Once you have completed this, contact us to do a thorough assessment of your business and make sure that protections are in place for your business and your customers’ data.