While cybersecurity continues to be a top-of-mind concern, too many people to tune out the warnings, despite the high-profile events that populate the news cycle. So while there has been some pain felt and service disruptions due to ransomware, it may not have impacted enough people or lasted long enough to realize that action needs to be taken.
Major cyberattacks, such as the one which tampered with the water supply in Florida or the recent attack which crippled the Colonial Pipeline, continue to keep ransomware in the public eye. Unfortunately, as most of these (at least the publicized events) involved large companies or government entities, the narrative that small to medium-sized businesses (SMB) are not at risk continues.
Moreover, with so many stories about cybersecurity, it is not surprising that many businesses are beginning to tune out the warnings. However, with complacency comes concessions, and if your IT systems are breached, your long-term survival is at risk. There are several reasons why.
While developing a cybersecurity plan can seem intimidating for South Dakota businesses, you can employ a wide range of cybersecurity services to protect your data. However, as most cyberattacks are due to email phishing, it makes sense to focus your attention and invest in services designed to prevent these types of attacks. Phishing relies on social engineering tactics that are designed to gain the confidence of your team members.
When developing their cybersecurity protection plan, many businesses focus on the technical aspects of their business. However, as noted, phishing will be the primary mode of attack, not brute force entries into your network. This means your personnel is the weak link in your fight against cyberattacks and will be the target of cybercriminals. With this in mind, when you invest in best practices for cybersecurity, you need to ensure that you have a plan which will bolster your team and give them the skills they need to recognize and resist a phishing attack. These should include:
Cybercriminals count on businesses not following best practices and thrive on complacency. Bad actors depend on your business not having the insurance of data backup. They hope your team is not following best practices in regards to password management. Moreover, they are confident that at least one member of your team will be fooled by a phishing email, or some business will not have a backup in place, and more often than not, they’re right.
Fortunately, your business doesn’t have to be the one that suffers a data breach. We have a complete set of cybersecurity services and solutions designed from the ground up to give your business the confidence to trust in its team and technology to keep business data safe. Call 888-891-4201 today to learn more or to schedule a security consultation.
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.