Small businesses really do need to beef up their cyber security


Computer and online security is a growing concern for businesses of all sizes. Computer security issues range from viruses to automated Internet attacks to outright theft, the result of which is lost information and lost time.

Security issues pop up in news articles every day, and most small business owners understand that they should take steps to better secure their businesses.

Increasing security can seem complicated, though, and it’s often difficult to figure out where to start.  Many small business owners believe that they do not need to worry much about computer and online security. “After all,” they reason, “who would want to target my business when there are so many bigger targets out there?”

While it’s true that small businesses are not directly attacked as often as larger organizations, there are three reasons why small businesses should be concerned:

  1. Small businesses often end up affected by larger attacks, such as mass worm outbreaks or efforts to harvest credit card numbers.
  2. Security is becoming tighter than ever at larger companies, so small business networks look increasingly tempting to attackers.
  3. Not all security threats come from outside your organization.

Regardless of how or why your business is attacked, recovery usually takes significant time and effort.

Imagine if your computer systems were unavailable for a week. Imagine if you lost all the data stored on all the computers in your company.

Imagine if your biggest competitor was able to obtain a list of your customers along with sales figures and notes!

How long would it take before you noticed? What would these breaches cost your company? Could you afford these losses?

It seems like common sense. You wouldn’t leave your building unlocked at night. The same is true with information security, and a few simple steps can make you a lot less vulnerable.

Of course, there is no way to guarantee 100 percent security. However, you can achieve a high level of security and be prepared in case breaches happen. Properly weighing risks and consequences against the cost of prevention is a good place to start.

Your I.T. Support  company should be able to take steps to ensure that your data is safe and that your network is reasonably safe from the majority of outside intrusion attempts.

Firewalls can hide the identities of computers within your private network to make it harder for criminal hackers to target individual computers.

Of course, none of these preventions can start working for you until they are installed and properly configured by your trusted I.T. Professionals.

Hooks Systems of Wilmington and Myrtle Beach has a team of security experts who have been securing small business networks for over 20 years.