The impact of cyber-attacks on SMBs is damaging to their business and survival. This article provides a preliminary understanding of the importance of cybersecurity and how SMBs can optimally focus their cybersecurity energies.
Summary: The impact of cyber-attacks on SMBs is damaging to their business and survival. This article provides a preliminary understanding of the importance of cybersecurity and how SMBs can optimally focus their cybersecurity energies.
While reasons for poor cybersecurity capabilities may be many, it is important that SMBs, at a minimum, implement basic practices that protect their business, customers and data assets. A list of recommended practices adopted from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that can greatly help SMBs in safeguarding their business are as follows:
How can SMBs Build a Credible Cybersecurity Posture?
Briefly, this framework focuses on the following phases:
Perform evaluation: Determine the current state of the organization
Analyze identified gaps: Establish a future state where the organization wants to be
Prioritize and plan: Identify gaps and prioritize actions
Implement plans: Allocate required resources and execute plans
Marketplace as SMBs’ partner in the cybersecurity journey
Without the need to employ high-end professional services, Marketplace platforms can provide the right tools to apply a framework like the above. Marketplaces can offer the following tools:
Assessment tools: Run automated scans or engage right fit service providers to perform current state evaluation
Matching tools: Use advanced AI-assisted tools to match business requirements with current state evaluation and identify the right products and services for the organization
Tracking tools: Use planning and tracking tools to prepare the path to implement on a cybersecurity plan
Deployment tools: Easy integration and deployment of products and solutions
Following a holistic approach to cybersecurity will yield significant benefits to SMBs and protect their businesses. While adopting basic practices can provide SMBs minimum security, leveraging marketplace platforms can go a long way in developing a credible and persistent cybersecurity posture and make the execution of cybersecurity more efficient and simpler.