As if small business cyber security issues weren’t already enough of an issue, toss in a pandemic on top of it, and the complexities are compounded. In fact, many small businesses fixated simply on staying afloat as the economy took a pandemic nosedive, putting cyber security issues on the back burner. The result has been higher risk to vulnerabilities that cyber criminals target. Connecting with a security as a service can be the relief that can strip away the complexities.
If you’re looking for motivation to beef up your protection, consider that over a four month span beginning in mid-2020, there were more than 3.3 million network attacks, representing a 90% increase over the same period in 2019. And to drive the point home, around 60% of businesses that struggled to recover within three months of the attack shut down permanently.
Why Security as a Service Works
While time and expertise are two main factors associated with putting off small business cyber security strategies, cost is also a big issue. In fact, cost has never been a bigger issue than it is right now as small businesses struggle to retain customers. The thought of sinking money in anything other than solutions that will drum up more business is far from the top of most business leaders’ minds. However, if you can streamline your IT costs by using security as a service, why not investigate all it has to offer?
Think about how many of your employees are now working remotely…then consider how much more at risk your network is as they connect remotely, often from unprotected endpoints. One of the major benefits of implementing a small business cyber security solution with a security as a service component is that you will be protected, even with your remote situations. You won’t even need a specific local network device to use the various tools and products offered by your provider.
How to Choose Your Provider
Not only are you likely pressed for time to research all the various security as a service providers out there, but it might also be difficult to decide which one will be best for your needs. There are a few things to consider that will make this task easier.
First, you’re going to need 24/7 services, because cyber criminals don’t take a break – which means you can weed out any provider that can’t do this for you. Only choose a provider that has valid security policies and certificates. They should have a clear plan for how cyber attacks are handled, and they should only work with best-in-class technologies that match your goals.
At eXemplify, we know the choices are many and the options practically limitless, which is why we have made the process easier for all of our clients by keeping tabs on the technologies that will benefit small businesses during this unusual time. Contact us and let’s talk about how we can assist you in finding the absolute best security solutions.