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When you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner this month, you probably won’t bring up your gratitude for the safety of your business data and network — but maybe you should. According to research from the National Cybersecurity Alliance, 60 percent of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) who are hacked go out of business within six months. Considering that more than half of all small businesses experience a hack or breach of some sort in a given year, those are some pretty alarming figures. Even more alarming is the fact that most business owners regard cybersecurity as a luxury, or worse, an afterthought. Why they do so, exactly, is a bit of a mystery, but it’s indisputable that many business owners are flippant about their online security. A 2016 survey conducted by the National Center for Middle Market revealed that less than half of all SMBs have an up-to-date security strategy protecting their files and data. Nearly a full third have no protection at all. Here’s the truth: No matter how big or small your business is, you can assume that cybercriminals will attempt to compromise it. The question becomes whether you have the systems and practices in place to scupper their attempts. Robust barriers will deter all but the most sophisticated hackers. A lack of protection is basically a huge target on your back asking criminals to come in and bring your company to its knees. So, I ask you, which group are you in? Are you invested in protecting your company? Or are you keeping your fingers crossed and hoping you beat the odds? Hopefully you’re a member of the first group, but that’s still not enough to protect your business. More than half of all breaches aren’t the result of poor security; they are caused by negligence from employees. To that end, training your staff on smart practices is just as crucial as putting the right systems in place. Assuming that your employees are savvy enough to spot a phishing email HACKERS DON’T TAKE THE HOLIDAYS OFF Can Your Cybersecurity Deter Them?
is a recipe for disaster. You need to train your employees on safe practices, like creating strong passwords and spotting nefarious emails. Further, you need to make sure that education is acted upon. It only takes one person on your team to decide their password should be “password” to leave you exposed to career- threatening risk. It’s important that these two pieces work in concert with each other. A properly trained staff matched with a bargain-bin antivirus won’t cut it. Neither will the most sophisticated systems prop up a team whose members think that Nigerian prince is actually legitimate. The final piece of the puzzle is a team of dedicated experts who will monitor the health of your system before an attack occurs. If your IT provider doesn’t offer fully managed services, as opposed to cheap break-fix alternatives, you’ll be scrambling if and when an attack comes. Managed IT services, like those provided by AZCOMP, proactively check your entire network to ensure that everything is running smoothly. When a little problem arises, we can remedy it before it becomes a major headache. We’ll also make sure that all of your systems are up-to-date and ready to protect you from the latest threats. In the event that something does go sideways — not all attacks are preventable, after all — we’ll help you minimize downtime and data loss. As you carve into your turkey this year, take a moment to give thanks that you haven’t been hacked this year. If you’re reading this and thinking that you’ve avoided a scare, call us today to get your system dressed to perfection. –Byron Adams
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