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Why Your Business Needs a Better Way to Respond to Attacks

It’s no secret that the risk of a cyberattack is high. As threats continue to evolve, it’s no longer a matter of “if” but “when” a threat will get passed your security defenses. When that happens, you need to be prepared with a plan of action to help minimize the damages done to your organization.

Fortunately, there are security solutions and proactive steps you can take to not only decrease your risk of being attacked to begin with, but also help save your organization valuable time and resources should one get through. Let’s take a look at why it’s important to have a reliable response process in place.

What’s the problem?

Cyberattacks are more prevalent than ever, in particular for small businesses. A recent report shows that small businesses are three times more likely to be targeted by cybercriminals than larger companies. When a business is smaller, hackers assume that they don’t have a strong security posture, and therefore they become more of a target.

While technology continues to evolve, so do the cybercriminals that are constantly looking for loopholes and clever ways to hack into a system. Social engineering is an extremely effective way that attackers can manipulate users into willingly giving up sensitive information, without realizing that they’re allowing a hacker in.

With cyberattack numbers being so high (while continuing to grow), it’s crucial that your business is constantly adapting to be as effective as possible in defending against these attacks. So, how do you do that?

Quick and reliable response plan

5% of small business owners report cybersecurity to be the biggest risk to their business right now. As cybersecurity threats continue to increase in numbers, they’re also becoming more complex. A successful cyberattack in today’s environment can affect companies for years to come. Large amounts of money spent, a loss in productivity and a hit to your organization’s reputation are only a few of the repercussions that can follow from a successful attack.

While you can never be completely resilient to a cyberattack, there are a few important things you can do to help avoid cyber threats, and recover quickly should one get through your defenses.

In disaster situations, response time is key. A quick response to an attack can drastically decrease the impact that it has on your organization. The faster the threat is identified, the faster it’s able to be addressed, limiting the amount of damage that the attacker is able to do to your system.

A solid disaster recovery solution should include both detection and response. While it’s important to be able to quickly identify any potential security threats, the response piece is critical to ensuring that your organization can recover quickly. Having a team ready to analyze a potential threat and determine the appropriate next steps can save your organization a lot of valuable resources. Plus, this type of security solution is often required to meet regulatory compliance and qualify for cyber risk insurance.

Improve your organization’s security posture

Cybersecurity is not a one-time effort. As technology changes regularly, it’s important to make sure that your business is continuously working to improve your security infrastructure and making sure that no vulnerabilities are left open for a potential attack.

Check out our cybersecurity services for more information on making sure that your organization maintains a robust security strategy to help you stay safe.