What is your organization doing to secure its data? If your answer is, "I'm not sure," now is the time to take a closer look at what tools you have in place—and what you should consider adding to your cyber security toolkit—to keep your business safe from today’s most common cyber attacks.
Cyber Attacks and SMBs
As technology evolves and the data landscape continues to change, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are especially vulnerable to cyber threats. At the same time, reputational and financial consequences of cyber attacks continue to rise: in 2018, the average cost of a data breach for SMBs was $120K, up 36% from the year prior.
A Layered Approach to Cyber Security
So, what's a business to do? We recommend that businesses both large and small deploy a layered approach to cyber security, as using only one security program leaves security flawed and devices at risk to other threats. Layered security, on the other hand, refers to systems that use multiple cyber security programs to protect your network and devices, providing multiple layers of protection to keep your business safe from cyber attacks.
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Tools You Need to Safeguard Against a Cyber Attack
What do these layers look like? They include everything from spam filters to protect against ransomware attacks, to firewalls to password security to employee training, and each is a piece of the puzzle that is peace of mind and confidence that you're deploying the right tools to protect your data.
To get you started, we've created an eBook of 14 cyber security tools that will help keep your SMB from today’s leading cyber attacks.
Proactively Monitor and Maintain Your Systems
As an SMB—especially if you don't specialize in IT—you may be concerned that you don't have the time, expertise, or resources to dedicated to a layered security approach. If that's the case, some organizations then turn to managed service providers (MSPs) to proactively monitor and maintain your IT systems, which helps spot and correct any potential IT issues before they even become an issue.