The level of cybersecurity risk is higher than ever for small businesses, meaning they should start treating attack as an inevitability, not a possibility.
There are currently 30 million small businesses in the United States, employing almost half the total workforce of the country. This makes them a vital sector of the American economy; they’re also a vulnerable one.
According to leading cybersecurity research center, the Ponemon Institute, 70% of small businesses experienced a cyberattack in the last 24 months. More than half of these companies admit they have no understanding of how to protect themselves against cyberattack.
To help small businesses deal with the new reality of pervasive cyber threats, INCTech offers flat-rate cybersecurity solutions that are fully customized to each client’s unique needs. Our team will sit down with your decision-makers, analyze your company for cybersecurity weaknesses, then design a strategy that leverages all the latest cybersecurity intelligence and best practices to keep your business safe.
How We Help Businesses Adapt to the New Threat Landscape
Small business owners often have an outdated idea of how cyberattacks work. They envision a lone hacker who spends hours, days, or even weeks trying to infiltrate a single target. If this were the case, why would they take the time to attack my small business? Surely there are bigger, more valuable targets.
The problem is that this vision is no longer accurate. On the dark web, amateur hackers can now purchase cybercrime-as-a-service (CaaS) kits that give them the power to launch devastating attacks at scale, with the single click of a button. In some cases, these cybercrime packages even come with customer and technical support, just like commercial software.
These new ways of launching sophisticated attacks, combined with evolving forms of traditional attack, frustrate cybersecurity tools and make ensuring security much harder. Some of the new threats small businesses are likely to face in 2020 include:
- Vishing and Smishing
New forms of phishing that take advantage of voicemail and SMS to trick employees
- Mobile phishing attacks
Smaller screens on mobile devices makes users much more likely to violate security protocols
- IoT susceptibility
The new breed of connected devices can raise just as many security issues as they solve
Although most small businesspeople estimate the cost of a cybersecurity breach at $10,000, the true cost is $149,000.
INCTech Provides Comprehensive Cybersecurity Customized to Small Business Needs
Ensuring good cybersecurity is a long, continuous process, but there are several cybersecurity best practices that every small business can start observing immediately. Here’s how the INCTech team can help you improve your security right away.
Implement Stronger Password Policies and Processes
You’d think that years of education and awareness-building would have taught businesses about the importance of strong passwords, but it’s not the case. According to Verizon’s Data Breach Report, 81% of hacking related incidents in 2018 involved either a weak or stolen password. This makes them an excellent place to begin improving the security of your business.
INCTech uses a mix of strategies to help you realize strong password security:
- Deploying multi-factor authentication technologies on all important systems
- Ensuring that all default passwords are changed on software and devices
- Creating “lock-out” mechanisms that dramatically reduce the effectiveness of brute force security attacks.
- Configuring password managers that make it easier for staff to keep track of unique passwords for every service and device.
Proactively Patch and Update Your Network
Research from Alert Logic found that 68% of small and midsized businesses run Microsoft OS versions that have either expired or about to expire. Many business leaders don’t realize that running out of date software and firmware radically increases the risk of being compromised by hackers.
The vulnerabilities in these old systems have already been documented by the hacking community. When hackers try to find their way into a system, they’ll usually start by using these known flaws and backdoors, making it essential that you keep your systems current with the latest updates.
INCTech offers proactive update and patch management as an integral part of its cybersecurity solutions:
- Prioritizing key systems and creating a documented process for patch ingestion and deployment
- Patch evaluation processes that help determine if new versions could cause system instability or incompatibilities
- Deploying patches and updates uniformly across all your PCs, servers, and mobile devices
- Testing patches to make sure that after systems have been updated, they continue to function as expected
Backup and Disaster Recovery Solutions for Peace of Mind
There is no such thing as guaranteed security. If a hacker were determined and resourceful enough, there’s a good chance they would eventually get into your systems. That’s why it’s important that every small business has a robust back-up and disaster recovery solution in place to help them restore their systems when something goes wrong.
INCTech has a team of engineers who specialize in designing and deploying back-up and disaster recovery solutions, providing them with the highest possible level of confidence in the long-term health of their technology:
- Intelligently combine cloud-based and on-premise solutions to meet your business needs
- Ensure high-value production data is prioritized and backed-up at the optimal frequency
- Testing of back-up and restoration operations so that the right data gets restored within the timeframe necessary to keep your business running.
Small Businesses Trust INCTech to Keep Them Safe
For almost two decades, INCTech has been an enthusiastic partner to the small business communities in both Southern California and Northern Michigan. If you’re a small business owner who wants to meet the challenge of cybersecurity head-on with the help of a veteran technology partner, we’re here to help!
Call us any time at 800.333.2989 or contact us through our website. Our friendly team is always happy to answer cybersecurity questions and offer advice on how to best keep your company safe.