2018 Is The Year to Get Serious About Your Data Security
Today, many small businesses feel that they have no need to worry when it comes to a data breach. After all, there are bigger companies out there that are at much higher risk…..right? Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Hackers target small businesses precisely because of this attitude.
“60% of businesses that experience a breach end up closing their doors within six months of the attack.”
SMBs are drivers of the economy and the credit card numbers and customer information they have in their possession is just as valuable as those in any large corporation, and often easier to access. According to a recent report from the cyber security firm FireEye, SMBs are particularly vulnerable. Here’s why:
- 60% of SMBs don’t consider cyberattack a major worry
- More than 40% of SMBs lack an adequate budget for security
- Only 36% have any data security protocols in place
This is a scary combination of wishful thinking and lack of resources. On the one hand, most SMBs don’t believe they’re at risk, and on the other, even if they understand the risk, most don’t have the budget to deal with it.
Partnering with a Managed IT Services Provider Can Help
The first step is understanding your risk. Partnering with a Managed IT Services provider can be an affordable option. They can handle the around-the-clock monitoring and critical upgrades you need to protect your resources from attack.
When you partner with a Managed IT Services provider you don’t need to become an IT security expert. They leverage their experience and expertise to offer you solutions that fit your company’s needs. This frees your staff to focus on mission critical tasks that can help your business grow.
Partnering with a Managed IT Services provider is less expensive then hiring in-house and certainly less costly than recovering after a breach. On average, an SMB loses $8,000 per breach and according to the National Cyber Security Alliance and Symantec, 60% of businesses that experience a breach end up closing their doors within six months of the attack.
If you’d like to learn more about how Managed IT Services can help you protect your business, give us a call. Let us show you how we can help protect your business, improve productivity, and free your time to focus on the tasks that will grow your business, all at an affordable, monthly cost.