Whether your business is big or small – 10, 100 or 1,000 employees – the reality is your system, unless checked regularly, has vulnerabilities. And truth be told, the larger your business and the more employees you have opens your network up to even more vulnerabilities than smaller businesses.
While companies of all sizes have these “holes” in their network making them open to potential cybersecurity attacks, small to midsized businesses (SMBs) seem to be more vulnerable than larger enterprise companies simply due to the fact that they may have less knowledge that vulnerabilities even exist, might not have a budget in place to conduct testing, and might not know who to turn to for this type of help.
Not only are SMBs more likely to have vulnerabilities in their network, but hackers are almost betting on that fact and therefore, targeting them. They know that SMBs are more likely to fall for scams and are easier to tap into than enterprises. SMBs are a leading target for hackers. According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, 60 percent of small companies close down within the six months following a cyberattack. Between phishing emails to employees, hackers trolling your website seeking customer information, or the dozens of personal devices being linked to your network, you may not realize how many vulnerabilities your system truly has.
Luckily, there are specific steps you can take in order to see what vulnerabilities your system has and take action to fix them before it’s too late.
The best place to start is to connect with a cybersecurity professional who specializes in red team, or offensive cybersecurity, and have them assist you through the process. Doing this first can save you the hassle of going it alone and ensure that you don’t leave any stone unturned when it comes to your data protection and the overall integrity of your network.
Another important piece to focus on is employee training for your staff. Often times, when breaches do occur, it is from an employee not knowing what to look for in scam emails. Training your employees first and foremost not only makes them aware that your network can be fragile, but alerts them on what to look for and how to properly report suspicious activity at their workstations.
You can learn more about vulnerability assessments and how to test for weaknesses in our latest ebook: Vulnerability Assessments: What You Must Know Now.