Methods for Easing Your Top Cyber Security Challenges
Small to midsize businesses (SMBs) face common struggles in implementing effective cyber security solutions. Let’s take a look at some of the top cyber security challenges:
- Processes are too manual and informal
- Lack of skills to handle current threats
- Solutions are too complex
- Cyber security tools are difficult to use
- Lack of training
- Lack of organization-wide acceptance of a cyber security plan
The common belief in recent years was that cyber security falls under the purview of IT — solely. Basically, cyber-related issues were handed off to a person or a small team, which were often directed to do as much as they could to protect the organization from cyber threats, but not at the risk of slowing down any of the current business processes.
Such a model often looks only to regulatory compliance issues and does not bring in a more holistic approach that involves a comprehensive training program. The best programs include input from every department, involve training for every individual that has access to the system, and focus on clear communication and accountability.
A Question of When, Not If
By some estimates, roughly two-thirds of small to midsize businesses have already been hit with one or more security issues. The severity of the attack and how the organization reacts to it determine the severity of the repercussions.
The cost of doing business today must include bringing in new ways to address the top cyber security challenges that businesses face. These challenges can’t be ignored. If they are, it becomes a question of when you’re going to get attacked, not if you’re going to get attacked.
Cyber criminals are an innovative bunch, and they’re finding new ways of getting into systems — even those with many protections.
Educate and Reduce Risk
Some of the most effective cyber security strategies are those that take education extremely seriously. These strategies emphasize staffing enough highly skilled members who are up on the latest cyber security tools. In addition, they run even the least tech-savvy employees through education programs that inform them on cyber terminology and how they should protect themselves. Arming your entire team with knowledge of top-notch password hygiene, suspicious activity spotting and email scam identification reduces the risk of employee negligence.
The best strategies include strong cyber security tools and services. Keep that in mind as you look over your approach to the top cyber security challenges you face today. Contact us to help you find the solutions you need to protect your organization.
This guest blog is part of a Channel Futures sponsorship.