Most of us have dumped our old filing cabinets. Let’s face it, they could usually be opened with a nifty thump. It’s much safer to store our sensitive personal information, financial data, and confidential business information online - yes?
Well, yes. Providing you’re doing everything you can and should to protect it. Data protection’s still a hot topic, and a cyber security breach can leave businesses reeling.
You could be looking down the barrel of hefty legal and financial consequences. And there’s the reputational damage. Social media spreads bad news quicker than anything around, and sometimes, there’s no coming back once you’ve lost the trust of your clients, partners and investors. Here’s a deeper dive into why you need cyber security.
The simple answer? Cybercriminals see you as a softer touch. Because smaller companies’ resources are usually more limited, they often lack the same cyber security standards and infrastructure of bigger businesses, making you more vulnerable. Chances are, you’re also likely to be less well-equipped to bounce back from the financial and reputational fallout, or from having to shut up shop while you put things right.
So how can you help your business stay safe – no matter what size you are?
The four key principles of cyber security – govern, protect, detect, and respond – give you what can be grandly called a comprehensive ‘threat modelling’ overview. But think of it as a handy how-to guide that identifies weak spots, helps you set objectives and come up with counter-measures. So, let’s take a look at each.
Govern is all about creating a compliance framework that sets out how you manage and protect your information and systems. It’s usually a set of policies and procedures that includes:
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