“How important is cybersecurity to my business?”

We hear this all the time from businesses. Let’s face it, cybersecurity can get a bad rep. It sounds needlessly complicated and even more expensive.

But here’s the thing– It doesn’t have to be.

Why is that?

Because your business has its own unique goals and needs. That is why simply starting with a few basics can go a long way to better protecting and connecting your business.

Starting with a sturdy foundational understanding of cybersecurity is key to building an effective plan.

To help you stay in the know, our technology experts have offered their experience and input to clear up these three common cybersecurity myths you may have heard before:

Myth #1: Small businesses don’t need cybersecurity.

The reality: No matter the size of your operation, your data is still valuable.

Data disasters can be just as destructive to your business as any other potential threat. Even smaller businesses stand to lose significant time and money when it comes to data breaches. In fact, , the average cost of a data breach reached $3.86 million in 2020[1].

Unfortunately, there is a lot of growth in the number of bad actors trying to compromise your data, devices and systems. In the past 12 months, Google saw a 27% increase in registered phishing scam sites as of Jan 17, 2021, hitting a record high of over two million total sites[2].

[1] https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckbrooks/2021/03/02/alarming-cybersecurity-stats——-what-you-need-to-know-for-2021/?sh=69a4a93758d3

[2] Lbid – https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckbrooks/2021/03/02/alarming-cybersecurity-stats——-what-you-need-to-know-for-2021/?sh=69a4a93758d3

Lacking a cybersecurity response plan or protection system is no rarity for businesses, either. Nearly and IT security leaders believe that their organizations lack sufficient protection against cyberattacks[1].

Having a system and a response plan are crucial components to the future success of any business, no matter the industry or size.

Myth #2: Hackers are the biggest threat to your operation.

The reality: Hackers are a threat, but people are the biggest risk.

Phishing attacks are the top social attack on any business. Why? Because it’s one of the easiest ways a company’s data, devices and systems can be targeted. This type of social engineering focuses on collecting confidential information through emails to your team.

Phishing emails are often designed to mimic legitimate correspondence to clients, vendors or other team members. That is why training is crucial to combatting this.

If your team isn’t in the know on phishing red flags and how to spot them, the best time to prepare your staff is now.

Education offers your team the ability to eliminate threats proactively, while fostering a security culture within your workplace that places a priority on strong cybersecurity.

If you’re interested in getting your team trained to stay vigilant against phishing attempts, consider reaching out to our team directly.

Myth #3: Cybersecurity is complicated.

The reality: It doesn’t have to be.

Even with a tight budget, there are immediate, actionable steps that small businesses may take.

Full-time IT staff or none, there are a variety of ways your team can affordably stay more secure:

    • Work with a consultant to get your operation moving in the right direction.
    • Implement basic cybersecurity training, starting with inbox best practices.
    • Take a risk inventory to identify and prioritize all that is digitally important to your operation.

Whether choosing a partner or in-house staff to handle your cybersecurity, it is best to ensure two things are established for all parties:

Accountability and expectations.

Regular third-party assessments and spot checks serve as a sort of health check-up for your business’ security. Implementing this practice will help gauge if you’re on the right track or if changes may be necessary.

Along with this, keeping an open dialogue with a trusted IT expert is key for setting clear and concise expectations for both parties. That includes being able to vocalize what you want for your network security, rather than being told what you need.

Building stronger cybersecurity for your business does not have to be a complicated process. In fact, getting started can be as simple as connecting with our team to discuss your goals, needs and current hurdles.

Hamilton provides personalized support for a variety of areas within your business, from securely managing your data with data center services to 24x7x365 network monitoring to much, much more!

If you’re looking to secure and strengthen your business connection, consider taking a look at our full list of available services. We are eager to partner with you to build a plan that supports your business goals and operations.

Contact us today for any questions, or to schedule a free consultation with our cybersecurity experts!

[3] Lbid – https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckbrooks/2021/03/02/alarming-cybersecurity-stats——-what-you-need-to-know-for-2021/?sh=69a4a93758d3