Rethinking Risks and Responses
Malware, Ransomware, Natural Disasters and More Keep Hitting SMBs Hard
Never have we had a greater ability to work together to get things done than we do right now. As our cloud and hybrid environments expand, the ease-of-use encourages us to share ideas and information and to collaborate in new and exciting ways.
Never have we been under attack from so many directions. Changing weather patterns and aging infrastructure leave businesses without power for days instead of hours. Fading employee loyalty means more chances for information to walk out the door. The same features that let us easily share information also let us accidentally share information we shouldn’t. Malware and viruses have evolved from a nuisance to potentially existential threats with the increase in ransomware and advanced persistent threats.
Our Businesses, Employees, and Customers Need and Expect Protection
With the risks and impacts on the rise, we as small and midsize business owners and technologists should rethink how we both prepare and respond. Since the dawn of business computing, large enterprises have built expensive solutions to ensure that their businesses keep running “no matter what”. Now that we are in the cloud, and solutions are incredibly affordable, we need to adopt the same approach.
Business continuity is no longer just being able to keep your business running after a disaster.
Business continuity means that you are able to prevent business disruptions and distractions, regardless of the cause. Business continuity means …
- You actively work to minimize the chance of a ransomware attack, and that you can respond and recover quickly should it happen.
- You have systems and procedures in place to prevent data loss and privacy breaches, and that you can detect and mitigate issues quickly and effectively.
- You and your team are no longer tethered to the hardware, Internet access, and electricity in your offices.
For SMBs, now is the time to consider the tangible and intangible costs of business interruptions of all types and to see the value in solutions to prevent and recovery. Understand the value proposition of that goes beyond dollars and cents to include the customer relationship impact and the toll that business disruption has on your team.
Food for Thought:
- Blog Post: Calm Before the Storm: 3 Models for Protecting Your Business
- Blog Post: The Cost of Ransomware
- eBook: Business Guide to Ransomware
- Industry White Paper: SaaS Data Loss – The Problem You Didn’t Know You Had