Vulnerabilities in a network and regulatory compliance may seem like two different things but we like to think of them functionally being two sides of the same coin from an organizations perspective. One side is technical and practical, the other is ethical and legally obligatory, but combined they represent something holistic and functional. To address one but not the other would be like getting the oil in your car changed but ignoring your tires.
When we hear about data breaches we tend to think of large organizations or government agencies. This can lead us to think that only large entities are at risk, but this is incorrect. The truth is that smaller organizations are actually at more risk. Every year, the majority of data breaches occur at SMB’s. Large organizations make the news but cyber criminals target smaller organizations specifically because they are easier to breach. The need for security controls at large organizations is obvious and they tend to have a commensurate budget to address it. If you’re being attacked every single day, it’s easy to see the need. It’s far less obvious from an SMB perspective where nothing bad ever happens…until it does.
The good news is SMBs tend to have a better picture of all their assets which makes implementing a security strategy is a much more straightforward endeavor, and their return on improvement is significant.
As part of creating a comprehensive security posture for an organization of any size, data protection compliance is of critical importance. No SMB wants to suffer the reputational damage that comes with having to explain to customers that cyber criminals got their information through them. Regulatory penalties are no joke either. According to the US National Cyber Security Alliance, 60% of small businesses that suffer a cyber attack go out of business within half a year.
If you want to protect your business, give us a call! We can help you harden your network environment and ensure you’re in compliance with data privacy regulations. This pairs well with cybersecurity awareness training and disaster recovery planning, which we also offer, as part of creating a comprehensive defense in depth strategy for your business. Our services are tailored to and affordable for SMB’s.