Dozens of large companies have ended up as victims of data theft as part of a cyber-attack. Well-known incidents such as the Equifax data breach or Target’s loss of customer data have been headlines for years. The results are damaged reputation, loss of customers and even substantial fines.
In response, every large company has increased its focus on network security, data security and employee training. But as these large companies tighten up their security posture, cyber criminals are just moving on to more tempting targets in the form of small-to-medium-sized businesses.
But despite the attention that cyber security receives in the news media, the majority of small-to-medium-sized businesses in the United States still have not implemented an internet and data security policy. This leaves each of these businesses vulnerable to a wide range of cyber-attacks from criminals that know they won’t find easy pickings at the big companies.
The smart response is to secure your systems and develop your own network and data security infrastructure. Improving your security posture and practices will make your company a much less appealing target compared to the guy down the road who hasn’t done anything.
Creating and implementing a data security plan that you can trust may take months of planning and refinement. But the sooner you get started, the sooner your business and its vital data is protected. Here are some early steps you can take as you create and deploy a formal security policy.