Ask yourself this question; what would happen to your business if all of your company data was stolen? What if you couldn’t get it back? What if a virus destroyed your computers ability to function? If you answered any or all of these with “My business would be just fine, then either A) You have already put in measures to protect your business or B) You are a crazy person living in Perfect Town. (Please consult with your local psychiatrist before you plan on packing up and moving to Perfect Town.)
One of the most important pieces of ANY network is the security and policies set in place to protect your sensitive/proprietary data. This goes for companies both big and small. There is no such thing as being “Too small to need security” and the old method of security by obscurity is a thing of the past. The cyber world has become and increasingly dangerous place with hackers and cyber-criminals alike looking to exploit any network vulnerability they can.
Too often businesses think “Getting hacked” is the only real threat to you business. Let me clue you in, that’s wrong! With spyware, malware, ransom-ware, internet vulnerabilities and the many, many, other cyber threats out there, the chances of a human hacking into your systems are slim. The likelihood of an automated attack sent to you and millions of other machines is very high. In the blink of an eye your data can be stolen, corrupted, held ransom, or flat out deleted before you even know what happened.
So how Important Is Network Security To Your Business Continuity? The answer should be VERY. Putting in even basic steps to protect your business can be the difference between thriving and going out of business. Steps as simple as installing a reputable Anti-Virus program, changing your passwords every 90 days or installing a firewall appliance will go a LONG way to protecting your network, your data, and your business. Will these steps, or any security measures, be 100% effective against cyber attacks? No! Short of completely removing all of your machines from an internet connection, there is nothing that exists that will provide a 100% guarantee from a security breach. But putting in simple measures, like the ones mentioned above, will greatly reduce your vulnerability.
If you are not sure what your company does to protect it’s network, make sure to discuss network security with your IT partner or adviser. If you don’t have one or don’t know where to find one I think we may know a place that can help… wink 😉
“There are risks and costs to a program of action–but they are far less than the long range cost of comfortable inaction.” — John F. Kennedy