All Hands on Deck
The average person is familiar with the idea of security systems at large organizations: key cards, security guards, and ID badges. Similarly, we have a grasp on some small-scale home security: motion-detecting lights, home cameras, and our physical locks and keys.
What we haven’t come to terms with is that the digital landscape. It isn’t the same as the physical. It isn’t just massive banks or individual homes that might be targeted. In the ever-changing world of cybersecurity, companies of all sizes are at risk and we need to address the issue.
Whether it’s a local coffee shop with an e-commerce website or a marketing hub assisting other companies, practically every company is now digitized in some way. Large businesses that have expansive web presences are typically well secured and often have teams of employees making their cyber defenses strong.
However, many smaller and mid-sized companies don’t typically have security on their minds. Instead, they might be wholly focused on growing the business itself. They assume that cyberattacks are something that larger companies have to protect themselves from. This is unfortunately a massive oversight since mid-sized companies are particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks.
As Mike Wilson writes for Forbes, “with the continued growth in attacks, businesses of all shapes and sizes should heed the advice that it’s no longer a matter of if, but when they will suffer a breach.”
Full Steam Ahead
It is no surprise that the impact of the pandemic on cybersecurity has been massive and negative. As Covid-19 pushed our shopping, communication, and work lives online, threat attackers did their best to take advantage of the additional internet traffic. Hackers realized that remote work provided many new weakened attack vectors. At the same time, businesses around the world transitioned to digital avenues and had even less time to think about security. As Wilson points out, with companies’ attention diverted, “cybercriminals are reaping the rewards.”
Keeping It Ship-Shape
Here are three straightforward tips small and mid-sized companies could do that would greatly impact their cybersecurity defensive stance.
Batten Down the Hatches
Your organization’s online security is your responsibility. You don’t have to roll out the cannons to scare hackers off, but companies need to have due diligence when it comes to not making themselves an easy target. Get involved in cybersecurity now, instead of data recovery later.