It can be very tempting to read the cybersecurity headlines and assume that cybercrime is an enterprise business’ concern. There’s a sense of security in the idea that threats are, for the most part, directed toward the likes of Colonial Pipeline and other organizations of its size.
Unfortunately, we have some bad news for those who have felt this temptation and had these ideas: that sense of security is a false one.
In fact, the opposite is true. Due to a mentality that they are “too small to be worth the trouble,” many businesses will short-change their security preparations. Of course, this mentality ignores a few considerations:
Furthermore, cyberattacks have developed that can effectively target anyone who isn’t prepared to deal with them, with the purpose of getting the cybercriminal the access they need.
We often talk about the dangers of phishing attacks, so consider how easily a cybercriminal could use one to get into your data. Sure, a phishing email could be used to get access to a single document, but a clever cybercriminal could just as easily use it to get access privileges to an even larger score for them.
To this point, let’s consider the situation that an enterprise organization would find itself in. The primary difference really boils down to the number of employees these businesses hire. With this larger number of team members, the enterprise must contend with more points of entry.
This also serves to reinforce how critical role-based access controls are. Unless there are some restrictions on what different users can do and see on your network, a cybercriminal’s job becomes that much easier.
The singular difference between the two is in the scale of the solutions implemented. One could need comprehensive protection and training for fifteen employees and their workstations, while the other might require comprehensive protection and training for fifteen hundred. The solutions and practices are the same, it’s just what number plugs into the equation.
Therefore, small businesses need to do everything that a large business or enterprise would do, and vice versa:
Here at KT Connections, this is the philosophy behind everything we do. Quite frankly, it doesn’t matter how quickly you can accomplish a business goal by using a tool if that tool winds up leading to massive data loss and all of the associated costs and ramifications. We’d much rather you use something that works, and also keeps your business and its data secure.
If you’re interested in applying this philosophy into your own business’ operations, KT Connections is here to help. Our security services account for all of a business’ needs and could be ensuring your business remains secure. Find out more (or get started) by giving us a call at 888-891-4201.
Rodd Ahrenstorff is the Director of Business Operations for KT Connections, as well as a member of the company’s ownership team starting in 2014. Rodd has been working in the computer and telecommunication fields for over twenty years—a term during which he has held a number of leadership positions. In the past, he has served as a broadcast television engineer, an systems architect, and most recently Director of Information Technology, including a role as a HIPAA Security Officer for behavioral health and multi-specialty medical providers.