Cybersecurity: Success is in the Details
“Success is the sum of details.” – Harvey S. Firestone
If the name Harvey S. Firestone sounds familiar, it’s almost certainly because you recognize his legacy.
Firestone was born in 1868 on a farm. But before his 30th birthday, he met an ambitious engineer working on the prototype of his own groundbreaking invention. Firestone was making carriage tires at the time. He believed a rubber tire would allow for a more comfortable ride than wood or steel.
He sold Henry Ford a set of carriage tires for what would become Ford’s first automobile model.
Building an Empire
By the turn of the century, Firestone was certain automobiles would replace horse-drawn carriages. He founded the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company and was mass-producing tires within a few years.
Insightful, smart and forward-thinking, Firestone understood the value of details. He caught what so many others missed, and it allowed him to claim his spot in history. The company that still operates under his name is an international force to be reckoned with.
And it all started because he was serious about the details.
Practically every business person knows and understands that cybersecurity is important. In today’s business environment, that’s a given. There’s no need to build a case for it because it’s absurdly common knowledge.
And yet, a shocking number of businesses have gaping holes in their cybersecurity. It’s tragically easy to address major issues but miss some critical details. The savvy SMB owner will do what Firestone did—focus on the big picture and the details.
That’s the only sure-fire way to keep your business safe.
Below are four areas of detail a lot of business leaders miss. We strongly encourage you to dig into each of these areas within your organization. If you’re interested in shoring up cybersecurity weak spots, these are the places to start.
50% of small and medium-sized businesses fell prey to at least one cybersecurity attack in the last year. That’s a staggering number—particularly when you think about what’s at stake.
You may not think of your small organization’s data as a valuable commodity, but cyber criminals do. Protecting yourself from a dreaded data breach includes a combination of factors. A major (and somehow often-overlooked) consideration is data storage.
Where and how you keep your data matters a great deal. If you rely on cloud storage, make sure your provider has the appropriate levels of cybersecurity in place. If you use an on-site option, be sure to go with something robust with plenty of security options. We recommend the IBM Storwize V7000 for the solid cybersecurity and plenty of on-site storage space.
Click here to download our free "Business Owner's Quick Guide to Data Storage" and learn more about the topic.
It’s not enough to merely password-protect your company’s Wi-Fi connection. You need an encrypted connection, as well.
Encryption adds a layer of protection for your content. Even if cyber criminals are able to hack into your Wi-Fi network, encryption ensures that they won’t be able to easily access information. Cybersecurity pros view this as a foundational level of security, but it’s one many SMBs miss.
Also, be sure to use a business-grade router. The encryption offered in business-grade hardware is substantially more beefy than consumer-grade equipment, like the kind of router you would purchase for your home.
Speaking of Wi-Fi access, many of your employees likely use their own devices on your company’s network. A Bring Your Own Device (or BYOD) policy is a must-have.
A well-crafted BYOD policy should include provisions for which devices can be used, what level of security those devices should have (like PIN protection), and what level of access those devices are allowed.
If employees are willing to use their own smartphones and tablets for work-related tasks, that’s great. 72% of all companies permit BYOD, and for good reason. Just make sure cybersecurity is taken into account.
End-user Best Practices
Your employees, themselves, have the potential to contribute to cybersecurity . . . or pose the greatest risk to your organization’s protection.
Employee education is the make-it-or-break-it point for truly effective cybersecurity. Even with all the right technological pieces in place, careless employee practices can have disastrous results. Make sure your staff knows how to be cybersecurity-minded, and hold them accountable.
Your Cybersecurity Success
If all of that seems like a lot to take in, we understand. It is. Which is why we encourage small business leaders to work with a cybersecurity expert to make sure all the bases are covered.
Here at Microserve, we know cybersecurity. We can analyze your protection from top to bottom—your hardware, software, policies and employee knowledge. If there are weak points, we’ll help you address them.
If you’d like some assistance with your company’s cybersecurity, give us a call today at 1.800.661.7783 or contact us here.
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