Simply put, cyber security protection encompasses everything businesses (large and small) and individuals require to prevent unauthorized access to networks and devices. It ensures confidentiality, integrity, and the availability of information. Without cyber security, it could possibly lead to the disruption of your business security and operations.
How Does This Protection Help My Business Security?
Cyber security protection includes people, processes, and technology. The people included are you, your users, your clients, and your suppliers. The processes included are all the things you and your users need to do. It also outlines what you and your users should not do. The technology is there to help, using tools to protect your users and systems. It helps identify potential or actual security issues. It alerts, tracks, and records what is happening to help you respond if a security incident occurs.
Every business owner at some point worries about their business security. It can be something that many people feel is outside of what they can control. There will always be hackers out there who love the challenge of trying to break into systems.
So What Is a Business Owner to Do?
Having good cyber security hygiene helps to ensure your company is proactively ready to deal with an incident. Preparation helps to avoid reactively responding to an incident without any type of game plan or response capabilities in place. Try thinking of it the same way you think of physical security. Good hygiene is the door that you always lock. It’s the alarm you turn on at the end of the day and the camera system that is always watching.
Every company will deal with an interference in business security and deal with some type of cyber security incident at some point. How that incident impacts your business is entirely up to you and the approach you choose. There is a scary stat out there that says 60% of small businesses will permanently close six months after a data breach. You don’t want to be part of that majority. It helps to learn about two different approaches to cyber security protection.
Proactive or Reactive?
You can choose to take either the proactive/preventative approach, or the reactive approach. By being proactive, you:
- Take steps to try and prevent an incident
- Assume something will happen at some point in time
- Prepare for how you will deal with it
Having those proactive systems in place also helps to provide you with accurate instant information. This information details what happened and why.
For those who choose the reactive path:
- They assume nothing will ever happen
- If/when it does, they scramble to determine what happened, how it happened, and most importantly, what they need to do to respond.
When you look at those two very different scenarios above, which side of an Incident do you want to be on? Do you want to be on the proactive/preventative side where if/when an incident occurs, it’s an annoyance or inconvenience? Or rather be on the reactive side where your business may never fully recover from an incident or endure significant costs and impacts?
Being proactive about your company’s cyber security protection is the better choice in the long run to help keep your business security intact. Call on Quick Protect to help lessen your worries about cyber security. Quick Protect’s proactive approach to cyber security can help your business. We save your business the time, money, and loss of reputation that often comes with a reactive approach to a cyber incident.