SMBs and SOHOs - Cybersecurity 101

Cybersecurity is one of the most popularly discussed topics in the world of technology today. Despite security solutions being continually developed and improved, small businesses (SMBs) and home office workers (SOHOs) remain largely unprepared for a possible data breach or cyberattack.

Moreover, small businesses often believe they are too small to be the victims of cyberattacks. But the fact of the matter is, around a quarter of SMBs and SOHOs do not have any cybersecurity tactics in place, so are one of the main targets for hackers as a result. And with home working becoming a need for most organizations, especially in these unpredictable times, it has never been more crucial for businesses to invest in effective cybersecurity.

Neglecting to act means neglecting to protect

For millions of people across the world, working from home has become the new norm, and many have since set up a temporary home office to support this change. However, with this mass movement of workers come increased threats. The rise in cyberattacks suggests that those who decline to acknowledge the risk and fail to invest in cybersecurity will surely face a multitude of severe consequences.

The value of cyber-hygiene

For many employees, cybersecurity is not a key focus for daily works – only because it has never had to be. Now, with most employees currently working from home, individuals must take accountability for their cybersecurity, and there are a few things to think about when maintaining basic cyber-hygiene to keep vital data safe from attacks. The business leaders ultimately must ensure their remote workers are keeping on top of their cyber-hygiene checks. These vary from ensuring the home WiFi is secure and implementing anti-virus software, to simple common sense – including, deleting suspicious emails and locking the computer screen when stepping away even for a moment.

Efficient cybersecurity systems

To ensure SMBs and SOHOs have the most efficient cybersecurity systems in place, several components that require investment – without these, protection cannot be assured. To enable remote workers during this time of change, companies must ensure that each employee has the essential security licenses – including anti-virus, content filtering, and intrusion detection – to set up a cyberthreat prevention system successfully.

Firewalls and Advanced Threat Protection

On top of this, companies must implement firewalls to restrict external access to employee devices through vulnerable public WiFi networks. Firewalls protect by shielding computers or networks from useless – and potentially dangerous – network traffic or viruses. There are two categories of firewalls – hardware and software – and businesses must understand which form of protection they require.

Software Management and Analytics

Software management and analytics tools enable SMBs and SOHOs to monitor and address the highest priority threats as fast and efficiently as possible. The analysis of data means employees can deliver proactive security measures

During this challenging time, it will be the SMBs and SOHOs that display clear understanding and care when it comes to cybersecurity that will survive the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and thrive in its wake – having protected confidential data and their reputation with it.

Source: isBuzz news