Perhaps the largest concerns around cybersecurity are time and cost. Cybersecurity can quickly become a full-time job, and the price tag for top-of-the-line cybersecurity tools can be hefty. So how do you improve your SMB’s cybersecurity infrastructure without breaking the bank or dedicating an inordinate amount of time to it?
Believe it or not, there are ways to strengthen your cybersecurity infrastructure without sacrificing the bottom line or precious time. In fact, in this article, we will discuss what makes up your cybersecurity infrastructure as well as a few things you can do to strengthen your cybersecurity before the day is over.
What Makes Up Your Cybersecurity Infrastructure?
Your cybersecurity infrastructure is made up of several different components working together to keep your business safe.
These components can be broadly divided into three categories:
- People: Your employees are the first line of defense against cybersecurity threats. They need to be properly trained in cybersecurity best practices and know what to do (and not do) in order to keep your business safe.
- Processes: You need to have processes in place in order to effectively manage cybersecurity threats. These processes should cover everything from identifying potential threats to responding to and recovering from an actual attack.
- Technology: This is perhaps the most important component of your cybersecurity infrastructure. We’re referring to the technology you use every day in your business and the digital security tools you use to keep that technology safe. The right technology can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your business safe from cybersecurity threats.
Low-Cost, Easy Ways to Improve Your Cybersecurity by the End of the Day
Conduct a Cybersecurity Training Meeting
One of the best ways to improve your cybersecurity is to educate your employees on cybersecurity best practices. This doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-out process. A simple meeting to go over some basics will do wonders for your cybersecurity.
Before the end of the day, call an impromptu meeting with employees and cover one basic cybersecurity best practice (multi-factor authentication, password policies, email best practices). Have an actionable item for your team to do, whether you challenge them to update their passwords or add MFA to their accounts before they go home.
Make a commitment to be better about holding regular cybersecurity trainings in the future, and set a date for your next official training.
Draw an Effective Incident Response Plan
Every minute your business goes without an incident response plan is a grave risk. About 60% of small businesses close their doors within half a year after a cyberattack. Began strategizing your incident response plan today in order to secure a future for your company. This plan should cover everything from who needs to be notified in the event of a breach to what steps need to be taken in order to recover from an attack.
Adopt Cyber Insurance
Cyber insurance can help offset the costs associated with a cybersecurity breach, but it cannot prevent one. It’s not a perfect solution, but it can help mitigate some of the financial damage caused by a data breach. Start researching cyber insurance policies that would work well for your business in order to feel more financially secure in the face of so many unknowns.
Invest in Cost-Effective Cybersecurity Tools
There are a number of cybersecurity tools available that can be very effective in keeping your business safe. For starters, MFA is affordable and stops 99.9% of attempted breaches. Use the cost-effective tools you have available to you while you work with a cybersecurity partner for comprehensive solutions.
Partner With a Managed IT Service Provider
Improving your cybersecurity infrastructure doesn’t have to be a daunting task. There are a number of steps you can take to improve your cybersecurity quickly and easily, and the most important one is to partner with the people who know what they’re doing.
Business owners don’t have the time or resources to be their own personal cybersecurity expert on the side. Partnering with a managed IT provider is always an option. An MSP can help you identify and implement the best cybersecurity solutions for your business.
Cybersecurity is a Journey
It’s important to remember that cybersecurity is a journey, not a destination. There is always more you can do to improve your cybersecurity. However, by taking some simple steps today, you can make a big difference in the cybersecurity of your business.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to improve your SMB’s cybersecurity infrastructure, contact Envision Consulting today. We’re happy to discuss your specific needs and help you develop a plan to improve your overall cybersecurity.