The popular refrain surrounding cyber security for small businesses goes something like this, if small business owners wrote more poetry:
How does it work?
How much does it cost?
Can I just get it
Out of a box?
For far too long, the answer to that strain of query has been “it’s too complicated to explain, just let us do it,” “wildly expensive” and “sort of.” Those are not answers a small business owner wants to hear, because a small business owner wants to understand everything and find savings where he or she can. So in many cases, those owners simply passed.
Passing on security might wind up being costly since small to midsize companies are probably the most vulnerable. Because they are lacking the neccessary resources to recover quickly should they suffer from a major attack, the consequences of a small business attack could be devestating – costing consumers their private information, companies their databases, and a whole lot of credibility in the public’s eyes. It’s more important than ever to defend your information from those who would seek to steal or damage it.
But where do you begin? The first stops are spam filtering, website defences, encrypting your data, and of course the run of the mill anti-virus protection. Tradtionally, software that simplified any of these processes would cost those big bucks that only the larger corporations could afford. Only recently has less expensive software come on the market that is within reach of small business owners – for help with email spam filtering AppRiver might be worth checking out and when it comes to Firewall protection, Barracuda Networks offers some affordable soultions.
It’s not enough any more to protect the office computers that are attached to your local network, either. The laptops and mobile devices in use by your small business on the road are just as vulnerable. That’s why a cloud delivered anti-virus software, like Panda Security, might be worth looking into. With Panda, you’ll be able to update all of your company’s devices from one central location (like a mobile phone) with just a click of a button.
What security software is your small business using?