The Proactive Guide to Small Business Cybersecurity Strategy

Just being reactive to cyber threats is the last thing a small business should do. It’s akin to trying to plug a hole in a boat after it’s started taking on water.

To keep hackers out, small businesses are better off being proactive by focusing on prevention with their cybersecurity strategy. You want to stop the cyberattack from happening instead of scrambling to recover once hackers have already gotten into your network. 

With a proactive approach, you’re not looking to plug the hole — you want to make sure the hole in your cyber defenses never happens. And that means preventing the types of vulnerabilities that a reactive cybersecurity strategy model tends to discover too late: misconfigured firewalls, unpatched applications, weak passwords, giving too many users access to sensitive information, and more.

Why every business has to proactively care about cyber defense

The first thing small businesses need to remember when shoring up cyber defenses is this: Hackers don’t care how small you are. If you handle data, some of it is bound to have value to cyber-criminals. 

What cyber-criminals may want from your business:

Company secrets  Personnel files with Social Security numbers and bank account numbers Medical records

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