No business can ignore information security anymore. Businesses of all sizes are being regularly targeted and small businesses are the ones that will take the biggest hit in the event of an incident. The FBI has even been issuing advice specifically to small businesses in an effort to help them truly understand the importance of information security.
Topics: small business
Information Security is becoming increasingly important for businesses to pay attention to as more and more breaches are making the news. Small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) are starting to feel an increased pressure to pay attention to it but find it difficult to justify the spend. The question it comes down to is - is there an ROI, and what is it? The good news is - there is an ROI! The amount of ROI realized is based entirely on how you structure your Information Security programs. Use our infographic below to see where other businesses have been saving and the different areas you should think about when structuring your program!
As businesses store a greater amount of confidential information in digital form, the need for security practices and strategies has increased exponentially. While the headlines often focus on “the big guys,” the threat of cybercrime is still very real for small businesses, where security tends to be weaker than that of established firms. In fact, many high profile breaches (i.e. Target and Home Depot) happened through a smaller business partner. The problem is that small businesses often lack the appropriate resources of their larger counterparts, resulting in them being an easier target for hackers.
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At a recent conference I attended, I noticed a quote posted by a technology vendor stating that 70% of their customers trust the security of their cloud solutions. It really got me thinking about the way both consumers and the business community view the abstract idea of “The Cloud” and where this implicit trust in cloud solutions really comes from.
Wondering what kind of IT solutions should your company invest in? Cyberattacks have been in the news plenty lately, but most small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) have no benchmarks to predict the cost of such an attack. The attackers are clearly profiting and "the Cyber Black Market [has become] more profitable than the illegal drug trade", says the Juniper Network. Determining the true cost of cyberattacks has been a difficult proposition for most CFOs, leading to confusion on how much to invest in IT. Investment in tools for detection, response, and recovery are becoming increasingly important. Here are some tips to get you started on the right path:
In the past, the number one rule has always been “Don’t talk about security” or “Need to know basis regarding security”. Today, security is a mainstream topic that is taking over news headlines globally as technology becomes more and more advanced and data breaches and hacks are occurring more frequently. Security innovation has since become a mainstream focus and a strategic imperative for business. This is both good news and bad news for information security firms. The plus side, is that a companies C-suite finally understands why security innovation is an important factor. The negative side to this, they will now expect more of it from you. The question that is currently being asked, where do you begin? and what do you do?
When you receive alerts about cyber security breaches every morning i try to identify a common thread that can be use used by smaller businesses as a tool to reduce their exposure.
We knew the day was coming. As the cliche goes, all good things must come to an end. So even with the extensions and pressure from the Windows XP community, today marks the day that Microsoft is discontinuing support for the venerable Windows XP operating system. So what does this mean for the millions of XP users still using the what at one time was Microsoft's most popular operating system ever? The answer is actually fairly simple and straightforward, although not necessarily what some companies will want to hear. The best way to ensure that your Windows XP systems are safe from newly discovered vulnerabilities is simply to disconnect them from the Internet.