Although many major security breaches concern large companies, smaller businesses still have plenty to be concerned about when it comes to data security. The related issue of privacy may also play a role in developing a safe cybersecurity system for the business, its workers and customers. Those owners and operators who don't understand best practices may want to take it upon themselves to meet higher standards.
Small businesses have to meet both the physical and policy demands of securing their networks. As a Forbes article on cyber attacks states, software needs to be updated to meet new standards, just as security policies accommodate the new risks.
Last month, the Better Business Bureau and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) partnered to promote a "five step approach" for handling cybersecurity issues. They involve "identifying," "protecting," "detecting," "responding" and "recovering." The final step involves preparing for future possible actions with the right knowledge.
In a press release surrounding this new effort, the president of the NCSA, Michael Kaiser, described the organization's efforts to improve cybersecurity awareness through this program. October was also National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, making this a good time to focus on these threats in general.
"Information about cybersecurity can be a bit overwhelming, so we've distilled the most sound advice available into a simplified, five-step approach that any business can use right away to check its current operations, train employees on best practices, and decrease the risk of a cybersecurity incident," Kaiser said.
Reformatting a business' tech to meet better security practices can take time and investments. Small business consulting firms could give owners the help they need in securing appropriate capital.