However, cyber crime today is far more sophisticated; cyber criminals have access to an array of tools that they can use to access your business’ network, steal critical information, and cripple your business from the inside.
From Phishing and Distributed Denial of Service (overwhelming a network with traffic from multiple sources), to Man-in-the-Middle attacks and Malware – the online threats that your business faces are growing and evolving every day.
Having a simple anti-virus solution is no longer enough. Anti-virus can protect your business devices and network against malware but it can’t prevent someone accessing your business’ network or stealing information.
For your business to be protected online, you need to invest in a multi-layered internet security network and privacy solution. And when you consider that 98% of businesses rely on some form of online communication, you will quickly appreciate the importance of internet security for businesses.
You need to be able to protect against intrusion and malicious attacks, as well as keep you communications secure and private.
Also, as more and more of your employees use their own devices to access your business’ cloud or network, it will only become harder for you to keep your information and business secure.
The importance of internet security for businesses cannot be understated, but building a multi-layered internet security infrastructure for your business requires a number of solutions. Below are a few of the essential cyber security tools and solutions that your business needs to ensure it’s protected from cyber attack.
In today’s world – a world full of ever-evolving cyber threats – a multi-layered internet security strategy is fundamental.
Without a multi-layered internet security system, your business will be vulnerable and susceptible to attacks from cyber criminals via a growing number of channels. Implementing just one cyber security solution is not enough – you need an entire suite of connected and integrated tools to ensure your SMB is completely secure.
An often overlooked component in many SMBs’ multi-layered online security model is a VPN solution.
Unlike larger businesses that have invested heavily into cyber security out of fear of attack or breach, some small businesses believe that their security program is “good enough”, that they are unlikely to be attacked, and that they have nothing of worth to cyber criminals. Many of these businesses believe that having just a firewall and anti-virus solution is enough to keep their business and devices protected online.
However, what many SMBs have failed to consider is the implications of workers connecting to the business’ secure network remotely using their own devices. The business prescribed anti-virus and firewall solution can protect the business’ office computers – but what about employees who use their own devices (all of which have no security) to access the business’ network when they are working remotely?
As BYOD and remote working become ever more popular, it’s not at all uncommon for employees to work from cafes, airports or restaurants using public unsecured WiFi to get important work done. The issue, however, is that by using these networks, those employees expose themselves and the business’ data to cyber criminals lurking on these unsecured networks.
This is precisely where a VPN is required. In building a multi-layered security model, you – as an SMB owner – and your respective in-house IT administrator must carefully consider and address the issues arising from BYOD and remote working. Your employees will no doubt use their own devices to access your business’ online network and on that basis, the information to and from their devices must be encrypted and kept private.
Ultimately, you need a VPN solution that’s built specifically for your business’ needs - one which is scalable, easy to deploy and configure, allows you to monitor connected devices and requires no usernames or passwords.
And that’s exactly what Privatise Online Encryption provides.
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are amongst the most targeted by cyber criminal and yet many SMBs refuse to acknowledge the growing threat. Download our eBook and find out why SMBs need to look up and address the issues to ensure their data is protected.