By Steve Cobb, CISO, One Source
It is without question that small businesses and mid-market companies are just as prone to cyber threats as large corporations from hackers who are trying to steal private information or gain access to your networks. With a remote workforce under the current landscape of COVID19, especially vulnerable and isolated employees may be especially unsuspecting. Most important, however, is to be aware that the specific attacks launched against the smaller organizations, are often different from those targeting enterprise businesses.
What is the first step in protecting your business from cyberattacks? Understanding the types of attacks that are out there.
Why Small and Mid-Market Companies Are At Risk
The bottom line: just because your business or organization isn’t very large doesn’t mean that hackers won’t try and steal your data or make you pay ransom. Every business has data that can be breached and will have some value if hackers choose to exploit it on the dark web.
Threat actors also know that unlike large companies, mid-market businesses are unlikely to have an entire team of dedicated cybersecurity experts in-house, managing a full-fledged security program. Chances are, smaller companies don’t have a cybersecurity strategy at all. They may just have an IT department employee or small staff making decisions about information security without up-to-date knowledge on the best strategies for protection.
To protect against the most common attacks above, as well as other threats, companies need to draw on real, proven cybersecurity expertise and devise a strategy that is unique to their business. While these attacks may be common across all industries, the specific methods used by attackers may vary based on the type of company they’re targeting and their end goals for the attack.
For example, fast food companies may to worry about data breaches that lead to customer credit card information being stolen. A hospital, on the other hand, has strict HIPAA compliance policies to follow to protect patient data. And an Internet service provider needs to ensure that cyberattacks don’t cause any outages in their service. The specific security strategies for these three companies will look very different in practice, based on their vulnerabilities.
Protection Through a Partner
It can be very difficult and expensive to have expertise in-house with the 30% staffing shortage evident in the cybersecurity industry. Your best bet is to partner with a company that offers managed security services (MSSP) and leverage their expertise and best practices to protect your business.
One Source, is a MSSP that has a unique partnership with FireEye to provide quick deployment of our Fortune 100 strength security tools at a mid-market investment. We care about your business and want to help you as your trusted partner to navigate the abrupt and violent storm that COVID19 has generated with new vulnerabilities that come from a remote workforce.
Our solutions are perfectly scalable to your needs, so you can grow in maturity over time while keeping your cybersecurity strategy right-sized. Our experts can lend you years and years of expertise from the front lines of cybersecurity to help you devise a protection strategy that is right for your business.
Download the free ebook “5 Midmarket Cybersecurity Strategies for Companies to Survive the Current Threat Landscape” to make sure you know what to look out for to protect your organization during this vulnerable time.
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