It doesn’t matter how big or small your business is, the very fact of your existence can make you a target for a cyber-attack. Most businesses rely heavily on digital technology for every aspect of their operations. This means that even a low-level attack on your network security can produce devastating and long-lasting consequences.
Every business needs to have a dedicated cyber security plan in place. The problem is that many businesses aren’t sure where to start. Unfortunately, many smaller and mid-sized operations put off developing a cyber security plan because they feel the level of threat to their business is relatively low, even though smaller businesses are often the first on a cyber criminal’s hit list.
So, how do you go about taking those first steps to protecting your business and network security? Here are 5 crucial first steps to developing a cyber security plan.
Identify Sensitive Data
The first important step of developing a cyber security plan is identifying what type of sensitive data your business stores and accesses. The type of sensitive data that needs protection will depend on the nature of the business, but common types of data that most operations encounter include customer payment information, customer identifying details, financial records and personal employee information.
Define Your Current Strategy
What are you currently doing to protect sensitive data and prevent a security breach? Where is data currently stored and who has access to it? It’s important that you’re able to answer these types of questions because you can’t take further action to protect your business without knowing where your data is, who has access to it and it what ways it may be compromised.
Outline Your Goals
Just as with every other business strategy, you need to have clearly defined goals when considering a cyber security plan. For instance, a business that foresees major growth in the near future will want to consider how growth may impact their current cyber security plan and determine what they can do now to prepare for the future.
Get Employees on Board
Network security is something that should be discussed with all members of your team who are affected by it. Data security isn’t entirely an IT issue, and it’s important to have everyone on the same page regarding next steps and information security implementation. Have open discussions with employees and ask for their input regarding weaknesses and strengths, then plan on taking the time to fully train employees on any new IT security processes or procedures.
Work with a Team for Managed Cybersecurity Services
It’s understandable from a financial perspective why many small and mid-sized businesses attempt to develop a cyber security plan on their own. However, working with a team that’s experienced in providing managed security services can prove to be more efficient and cost effective for your business. When you can’t afford to leave anything to chance, we’re here to provide you with the cyber security plan your business needs. Contact Apex Technology today to learn more about our managed IT services, data backup and recovery, and additional cyber security solutions.