MSPs Deliver Silver Bullet for SMBs Spooked by Cybercrime
October means Halloween, when ghouls and goblins lurk in the shadows, when the creaks and groans of the floorboards make us quake with fear, and when ghost stories and haunted houses try to give us a scare. Or, it’s just that time of year when we eat lots of candy.
But whether or not you’ve been spooked by the season’s cast of creepy characters, there’s an ominous presence that should be keeping every business awake at night: cyber crime. While it may not scare the toddlers and teenagers knocking on your door and looking for sweets, SMBs are the ones who should be quaking in their boots. They are the prime targets for real-world bad guys that prey on the unsecured IT environments SMBs rely on.
Despite all the press that major breaches get, the vast majority of cyber criminals are attacking SMBs, and they have good reasons to do so. Smaller firms don’t have the same level of defenses in place, thanks to smaller budgets, lack of expertise and poor education regarding the devastating impact an attack could have on their business.
While an enterprise has dedicated staff living and breathing IT while armed with a sizable war chest to keep systems up to date and protected, worrying about IT at a smaller firm might be someone’s part-time job or outsourced to an “IT guy” who shows up only when called upon.
Unreliable and less-than-timely security patch deployment, lax password management and shared or re-used credentials are just a sampling of the shortcomings SMB IT systems can exhibit. When trying to defend themselves against sophisticated, professional cybercriminals, these firms don’t stand a chance.
Put a scare into SMBs
In a perfect world, every business would be hypervigilant when it comes to cybersecurity, sparing no expense and taking every proactive step possible to prevent breaches, data thefts and the like. But most smaller outfits are too focused on operating their core business to spend the time and money required to safeguard their digital stronghold.
As trusted advisors and industry experts, it’s unfortunately the job of MSPs to deliver the terrifying news that SMBs’ meager defenses are ill-equipped to handle the many threats their organizations face. MSPs can provide thorough, comprehensive assessments of SMBs’ corporate IT environments, pointing out the raft of weaknesses and inadequacies.
Better Than Garlic for Warding off Vampires
Pumpkin patches aren’t the only patches SMBs should be thinking about this month. Applications and operating systems are constantly providing updates to mitigate any security holes or weak points that have been identified.
Yet despite the availability of these protective updates, many SMBs are woefully behind when it comes to installing them. MSPs can scan every device on the network to ensure everything is running the latest and greatest versions, applying updates as needed to bring every app and OS up to date and automating the process for rapid execution.
Reanimating Systems from the Dead
When a ransomware attack, virus or even human error results in lost data, SMBs could find themselves in serious trouble. Without access to customer records, billing history and other essential information, daily operations can grind to a halt, impacting revenues and reputations.
To adequately protect themselves from these frightening scenarios, businesses must employ a fully automated and comprehensive back-up and disaster recovery solution. MSPs are excellently positioned to provide these services, not only handling the technical elements but also promising to swoop in if disaster strikes and help the company get back on its feet and return to the land of the living.
Safeguarding the Entrances
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