Four out of five companies are not safe from an IT security breach.
Small and large companies competing in the digital world confront different sets of challenges. But more often than not the most important challenge of all gets overlooked. We are talking about IT security. Sure enough, it is not always tagged as a milestone but instead is often ignored or forgotten altogether. The bottom-line question is: Should one of the four out of five companies risking an IT security breach in its early years of operation end up being your very own business? Whether it be malicious attacks from hackers and cyber criminals or threats via cyber espionage – “cyber security has many faces”.
Digital attacks are a growing risk for companies as a whole. Startups need to be particularly wary! For any young company feeling its oats it is essential to develop a heightened awareness of just how vital data protection and cyber security are. What with all the individual licences and separate programmes required, it is indeed virtually impossible to keep a company’s original proprietary ideas – those particularly worth protecting – safe from the very outset. The fo-cus may well be on building up the business, but slapdash protection of the web domain while neglecting to safeguard e-mails, infrastructure and endpoints is not enough. An all-around security system must be put in place! What indeed will happen otherwise – when, say, your business is running smoothly, with the company growing strong – should come as no surprise. As structural changes will need to be implemented, even then in most cases no thought will be given to IT security straight away, and this can well lead to extremely serious problems down the road. .
Steering clear of problems
To head off any possible negative fallout, information technology has to play a key role right from the outset. Modified structures involve commensurate growth in the IT infrastructure such as from single-user standalone to multi-user network, for instance, or from local network at the office to wide area networking in order to provide network connectivity between multiple locations for numerous employees.
If you hit an IT snag, the first best or creative solution deployed will not always prove to be the most effective one. And anti-virus software alone, for example, simply won’t do the trick. It might do at first blush, but in the end there’s no getting around the professional solution for complete IT security. After all, sensitive company and customer data risk being manipulated or stolen by criminal hackers able to infiltrate companies via security gaps in networks, IT systems or applications. It is also important to keep an eye on the personal devices being used at the company as they put all of the data at particular risk. These devices operate in multiple networks and have a broad array of third-party software installed. State-of-the-art security solutions such as the Cloud conclusively demonstrate that they do more than just enhance data and information security while reducing investment costs. Not only does the Cloud ensure that all business data are immediately protected against the latest viruses and other web threats but also a cloud backup safeguards against data loss. The Cloud is ideally suited for startups in particular. Moving to the Cloud obviates the need to build your own IT infrastructure in that access to IT resources are geared to your requirements and delivered on demand. For anyone starting up a business, Cloud security offers the advantage of a clear price structure in addition to a high level of standardisation and automation, as well as being easy to use without high investment costs while enjoying IT security functions right from the get-go. It allows companies to focus on their core lines of business while at the same time their Cloud service provider takes care of the information technology.
Protecting your business right from the early start-up stage
Startups need to be mindful of the fact that IT security is a necessary investment from the outset – an investment that is as matter-of-fact as getting a business license or purchasing hard-ware. After all, today’s companies can make the giant leap to success only if they have an astute awareness of just how important IT security is. It is not that uncommon for the early realisation of this fact alone to enhance security by upwards of 50 percent. This is the reason that your security objectives must align with your business goals at all times. Constant systematic checks help to determine:
• who has access to what data
• whether all users are implementing safe passwords
• how data can be transmitted only in encrypted form
• whether data on mobile devices are just as well protected as they are on your computer
• how physical data backup works
Most particularly those areas that had previously been inadequately protected against cyber attacks should be delimited and upgraded at the earliest opportunity. The majority of cyber attacks tend to occur in such areas. Properly protecting your company and in particular your information assets is accordingly possible thanks to quick response time.
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