Often you hear in the news of cyber-attacks that happen to large corporations and assume that I.T Security is something that only they should need to worry about.
Hackers wouldn’t bother with a small business that’s just starting out and trying to make it in this world, would they? Well, despite what we may think, a full 70% of hacks are against small business.
The odds are, over 50% of small businesses will get hacked, and maybe the scariest part of it all, in 60% of these cases, the end result is bankruptcy.
The reality is that a cyber attack can be a business destroying event, and yet most small to medium businesses fail to prepare themselves adequately as they are under the notion that ‘security’ is for larger corporations only.
If like most people the above stats are more than enough to convince you that its time to get a handle on your I.T security, call our team at anspired and let us walk you through the next steps to securing your business.
However, if you are still not convinced, please continue reading. What follows are 5 detailed signs that prove its time you took control of your I.T security now.
1) Your business does not have a disaster recovery plan.
When you work with a reputable managed IT provider like anspired, crafting a disaster recovery plan is part of the set-up process.
If you’re not familiar with the term, a DRP is a document (or strategy) that outlines the exact procedures to execute during a disaster to get a business back to normal in the shortest time possible. That means minimising disruption and getting all business processes back online as quick as possible. While this is done to cover all types of business-interruption, it’s also key for major interruptions caused by security breaches and attacks.
2) Your business does not utilise the cloud.
There’s a reason that all smart businesses are moving as many of their processes to the cloud as possible. Aside from all the other productivity benefits that you hear about, security is one of the major benefits.
Most cloud technologies are much safer than on-premise equivalents as it is. However, if you implement the cloud with the help of a reliable managed I.T service provider, it’s even better. In fact, the combination of implementing and managing the cloud with the help of an MSP, is the safest set-up you can have in a business.
So with that said, if you are an Australian based business looking for an experienced provider that handles both security and implementing cloud solutions, you are in luck because anspired meet this set of criteria. Feel free to call us today and discuss your options with one of our incredible staff.
3) You were surprised by the above stats.
If you found the above numbers shocking and had no idea things are this bad, things might be worse for you than you realise. Odds are that your security is already in a very vulnerable position and you’re much closer to getting that first attack than you realise.
4) You have been attacked before.
If you’ve experienced a security breach that “wasn’t too bad”, this might leave you with the impression that the “worst is behind us” as it relates to your business.
The bad news is that hackers often do smaller attacks as a warning or just to test the waters. They will share their findings across hacker communities, and either they or someone else will come back to finish the job. What follows could be a business destroying attack. And without security, you are unprepared and left to deal with this alone.
5) None of your employees is a security expert.
Some smaller businesses forego having an IT support provider because someone on staff is “IT savvy”. The idea is that this employee will also take care of any I.T issues that come up in the business. To put it blunt, this is not a good investment of your resources.
Anytime this person does “the I.T stuff” they are wasting precious time and aren’t focusing on their main job. Unless a person does I.T for a living, they will be very inefficient at it, and even worse, make many mistakes whilst doing it. The return on investment is much smaller than if you outsource your I.T to the experts.
However, when it comes to dealing with security, the disadvantages of handling it internally grow even larger. I.T security is its own specialty that takes a big investment in continued education. Security threats are constantly evolving, and merely keeping up with them can be a full-time job. The fact is that unless your on-staff “I.T person” is a security specialist, they can’t do much to protect you from business-destroying attacks.
Therefore, your best bet is choosing an external managed I.T provider which also deals with security. When you hire a managed provider, you’re paying a fixed sum to make sure all your I.T works flawlessly, around the clock.
Don’t put our business at risk of a cyber attack for a second longer. Contact anspired and let one of our awesome technicians get your business protected, today.