SMEs, as they have more limited budgets, have to choose carefully the technological solutions they want to invest in: ERP solutions, CRM systems, financial tools, etc. Today, cybersecurity solutions have also become essential for SMEs, as a simple attack can jeopardize their business, with irrecoverable financial consequences. HodeiCloud, a leading provider of cloud-based IT, security and compliance solutions, offers a few tips for SMEs to protect their data in the same way as large companies, but with a budget to match.
- Never minimize your value
Many times SMBs think that they are not targets for hackers and that they can be immune to cyberattacks. In reality, these SMEs can become as good a target as any other, and even a relatively easy entry point for a cyberattack aimed at compromising a larger company they are doing business with. Since most large companies have sophisticated security defenses, hackers have begun to identify and attack their weakest points.
- Prepare your employees
Hackers prey on employees the most. Therefore, it is very important to inform employees about security policies such as password management and cybersecurity, educating them on how to recognize cyberattacks and avoid falling into cyber traps such as phishing and social engineering. An ongoing training program is needed to raise employee awareness of new and emerging cybersecurity risks and ensure discipline in protecting company data.
- Use affordable technologies.
Today, there is more exposure to IT security risks, but there are also affordable new technologies that SMEs can adopt to secure their IT environments and protect their data. The cloud, for example, offers SMBs the opportunity to increase their IT and cyber security while maintaining financial flexibility and without making an investment in internal resources.
- Always use two-factor authentication.
Two-factor authentication provides an additional level of security, typically requiring a PIN code in addition to the username and password to gain access. This limits the risk of an intruder gaining unauthorized access in the event that the username and password are compromised.
- Safeguard your data with regular backups.
Regular backup of company data is the essential last line of defense against attacks such as ransomware that can at best disrupt and at worst destroy a company’s business.
- Use scalable IT technologies.
Finally, using scalable IT technologies for continuous security purposes-those that provide visibility into the surface of vulnerability and assess risk exposure and security posture-are essential to effectively prevent and respond to cyberattacks to protect enterprise data and IT assets.
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