Businesses that fail to take the steps necessary to protect their data, information and digital infrastructure are far more likely to suffer a data breach. A breach has the potential to do lasting harm and may even place the very survival of a business at risk. Organizations would do well to seek out any resources that may allow them to benefit from enhanced levels of security. A few tips are often all that may be required to ensure small businesses are able to take the appropriate precautions in order to better protect themselves and their data.
Consequences of a Data Breach
There are numerous potential ramifications of a data breach. While some consequences may be no more than a minor nuisance, there are plenty of others that may be truly catastrophic in scope. Any breach has the potential to do irreparable harm to a business’s brand, reputation or its customer and client relationships. The relatively minor financial costs needed to beef up security as well as the time and effort that may be involved may provide a far greater return of investment than many organizations would expect. Preventing a breach is often much easier and more cost-effective than dealing the consequences of one that has already occurred.
There are always weak points within the network and new ventures or small businesses that may be in process of expanding or establishing their infrastructure may often find themselves at greater risk. Security applications that can automatically scan for potential security threats and software that is designed to monitor network traffic and data flow are often key resources. Small businesses may even benefit by hiring a full-time IT specialist or contracting with an off-site service provider in order to ensure that any underlying vulnerabilities within their digital infrastructure are able to (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from The State of Security authored by Tripwire Guest Authors. Read the original post at: https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/risk-based-security-for-executives/connecting-security-to-the-business/data-security-solutions-for-small-businesses/