Small & medium-sized businesses (SMB) today are under attack from malware, ransomware, external threats and data breaches. The problem is that SMBs have a lack of sophistication around their security strategy, which makes the possibility of not being affected bleak
SMBs need to get the big business protection in terms of focus and effectiveness, but with SMB sensibilities in terms of implementation and use.
Security matters to SMBs
In today’s world, to acquire new capabilities, increase efficiency and/or reduce costs, SMBs need to adopt new technologies. However, with each new application comes a need to secure users, data and the environment that the solution integrates into.
Companies that see security as a painful requirement requested each time a new technology is considered will be slow to adopt – and slow to profit from – new efficiencies.
Effective IT security structures allow SMBs to move more quickly and surely than their competitors.
The challenge of securing the SMB
SMBs are seen as an easy target because most don’t have sufficient security in place to protect, detect or react to attacks:
Enterprise Caliber Security with SMB sensitivity
So how does an SMB build an approach that safeguards their organization, users and data?
SMBs need enterprise caliber defense in terms of focus and effectiveness, but with SMB sensibilities in terms of implementation and use.
Here are 8 SMB-friendly criteria to achieve minimum effort for maximum impact:
For more information on how to secure small and medium sized businesses, read our white paper The Challenge to secure Small and Medium Sized Business (SMB).
About the Author:
François Amigorena is the founder and CEO of IS Decisions, and an expert commentator on cybersecurity issues.
IS Decisions is a provider of infrastructure and security management software solutions for Microsoft (News - Alert) Windows and Active Directory. The company offers solutions for user-access control, file auditing, server and desktop reporting, and remote installations.
Its customers include the FBI, the US Air Force, the United Nations and Barclays — each of which rely on IS Decisions to prevent security breaches; ensure compliance with major regulations; such as SOX and FISMA; quickly respond to IT emergencies; and save time and money for the IT department.