And it’s nicely organized and, usually, poorly protected.
And just in case you weren’t paying attention, if they do get it, you’re probably going to have to answer to more than just your customers (as if that wasn’t bad enough). Regulatory intervention and civil penalties are just two of the fabulous prizes you could earn thanks to your poor security.
How can you protect yourself? Unfortunately, there’s no magic bullet. No system is perfect, no security is absolute. Yet, there are rays of hope! The biggest gains that you can make in improving your small business cybersecurity involve making small improvements in your approach to security.
Here are 8 Small Business Cybersecurity Tips You Need to Know: (more…)
The life of a small- or mid-sized business’s IT manager certainly would never be described as “easy.” These are the people you’ve charged with keeping the company’s computer systems running and secure.
It’s a tough job. So please forgive them for how they’ve decided, and how you’ve allowed them, to set up your company’s password policy.
Why? Because it’s pretty likely that the password policy they recommended actually puts you at greater risk. (more…)
One of my favorite phrases is “snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.” The slight modification of the old idiom is the perfect way to understand how it’s possible for even the most effective, well-written, well-intentioned, and strategically developed cybersecurity policies to become irrelevant.
In my experience, I’ve seen a company’s management find so many ways to completely neutralize their own cybersecurity policies. For the most part, they involve some level of egotism oftentimes associated with management, the most obvious being the idea that “these policies don’t apply to me.” However, there are many ways, some much less obvious, for management to undermine their company’s own cybersecurity policies.
And, by extension, making their company, their employees, their customers, and themselves less secure. (more…)
Even the best cybersecurity system – with state-of-the-art technology, effective and well-implemented policies and procedures, and the most security-aware employees available – cannot guarantee that your business will never be the victim of a cyber-attack.
As with any aspect of business involving unpredictable risk and potentially catastrophic loss, the threat of cyber-attacks requires protection that you cannot provide entirely by yourself. That’s where cyber liability insurance comes in.
However, since cyber liability insurance is so new to the market, a lot of the things we take for granted in regular insurance may not necessarily apply. For example, since cyber liability insurance has only been around for a few years, there is no uniformity in coverage from one policy to the next. Even basic terms like “data breach,” “computer,” and “wrongful act” can vary significantly from policy to policy.
Before you purchase cyber liability insurance, make sure that your policy covers the things you’ll actually need in the event of a cyber-attack: (more…)
These days, keeping your business safe requires a lot more than running an antivirus program now and again and praying for the best. One of the most important tools your company can employ is a Virtual Private Network, or VPN. A business VPN is more than just geo-blocking, it’s an absolute necessity for business these days.
Although the basic operating principles for Virtual Private Networks are the same regardless whether you’re using it for personal web browsing or as the backbone of your company’s online interaction, selecting the right business VPN for your particular purposes relies on vastly different criteria.