Guest Writers from BBB Accredited Business: Interplay
Effective cybersecurity practices are the best way to protect your company from long-term business disruption after a disaster, cyberattack, or data breach, but unless you own an IT company, it can be tough to navigate through today’s confusing range of cybersecurity options.
That’s why Better Business Bureau has teamed up with Interplay, a leading IT services company here in the Pacific Northwest, to share three great resources that can help you succeed with cybersecurity in 2019. Learn how to defend your company from ransomware, discover how to help your business survive a natural disaster, and find out how other small business owners are handling their cybersecurity. It’s all in today’s blog.
- Get the Facts on Ransomware
In 2017, Interplay published an article all about ransomware for the BBB Torch Talk blog, helping small business owners understand and avoid these damaging cyberattacks. However, ransomware has evolved in the past two years, so it’s time for more information.
That’s why Interplay is now sharing a free, in-depth eBook called “The Business Guide to Ransomware,” which explains the latest facts about ransomware and details how your company can avoid or recover from an attack. (Quick tip: business continuity is the best way to quickly restore operations if you become the victim of ransomware.)
- Prepare for a Natural Disaster
Disaster preparedness is extremely important to your business’s security, especially when the pace of business gets hectic. In fact, the busier your company is, the more important it is to ensure that you’re taking care of your cybersecurity because a packed work schedule leaves you with less flex time to handle the slowdown of typical data restoration processes.
Luckily, there’s a faster, easier easy way to restore your business records after a disaster and this guide offers a cheat sheet for small business owners looking for clear, simple-to-read instructions on weathering through fires, floods – even volcanoes! In 2019, it’s important to create and implement a disaster recovery plan for your company, so you can keep your business running, even in worst-case scenarios.
- Ensure Cybersecurity at All Times
Here’s a common cybersecurity problem: Even if you, as a business leader, understand how to protect your company from cybercrime, you probably don’t have the time to train your staff to stay “cyber-aware,” andyou don’t have the time to keep all of your computers, networks, servers, and software up to date. To ensure solid cybersecurity, many companies are now choosing to outsource their IT security to a Managed Services Provider (MSP).
When you choose an outsourced IT company to handle cybersecurity, you’ll have someone else to help you keep up with regular patching, you’ll get extra eyes on your IT security around the clock, and you can access an on-demand team that will get hands-on to help with any IT snags you run into. (And we many any snags! A good MSP can take find your lost files, fix your crashing apps, clean up spills on your laptop, and, of course, help you avoid and recover from cyberattacks and natural disasters.)
By the way, if you need a training resource to help you educate your staff on cybersecurity, check out the Cyber Readiness Institute, which offers easy-to-understand, well-organized lessons – complete with worksheets – that can help you build a culture of cybersecurity at your company.
Make IT Security a New Year’s Resolution
IT experts agree: If you only make and keep one business resolution this year, IT security should be the one. According to the 2018 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report, 58% of all data breach victims are small businesses – which is terrible news because small businesses are the least prepared to handle the high costs of resulting non-compliance fines, legal fees, and business interruption. In addition, recent findings indicate that natural disasters are on the rise, even here in the Pacific Northwest, so your company may be at greater risk of fire or flooding in 2019.
Setting up effective cybersecurity now can keep your company safer in the face of all these dangers. The IT pros at Interplay suggest starting with a business continuity solution, which can restore your business operations in as little as 5 minutes of a ransomware attack. Business continuity solutions can also help your company more easily resume operations in an alternate location if your building and equipment are damaged in a disaster.
Best of all, business continuity and other modern cybersecurity options have come down in price over the past few years, so they’re probably more affordable than you think. Considering all these factors, right now is definitely the time to start planning your cybersecurity strategy.
Check out the free resources above or contact the IT experts at Interplay to learn how easy it can be to secure your business for 2019 and beyond.
This article was republished for the BBB Torch Talk blog. The original article can be found on the Interplay site, along with other great cybersecurity tips.