As we leave 2015 behind and look forward to 2016, it seems that Cyber Security has never before been such an important consideration. While we only hear of those big companies that have suffered attacks, it does not mean that SMEs are immune. SMEs still have plenty of sensitive data that hackers would love to get their hands on, so it is vital to consider the internet security for your business. But how can you reduce the risk of attacks and keep your business secure in 2016?
First of all, as odd as this may sound, assume that you will experience an attack and your data will be compromised. Taking a strategic approach to planning and spending will help you to achieve the best policy for your business, and hopefully allow you to detect and identify risks as and when they arise.
Second of all, try and assess the cyber risk for your business. Each and every business will have an individual cyber threat profile, whether that be intellectual property, customer details or business functions at risk. Identify possible cyber threats and assess your vulnerabilities and you will be able to manage and minimise risks to your company.
Thirdly, make sure that all your employees are aware of cyber threats and how to keep information secure. Your company should develop a clear procedure in the event of a breach, and this should be circulated to all employees.
Finally, cyber security will require a committed spend of both time and money. Adding this to the agenda for Board Meetings will ensure that cyber security gets the attention and funds needed to keep your business secure in 2016.