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Small Business Cyber Security Important
November 4, 2011
A study conducted by the Small Business Authority reported that only 27 percent of small business owners have used a third party to check the security of their network and only 39 percent have data backed up in more than one location.
It is recommended to periodically employ the services of a network security specialist to analyze how well protected your data and systems are. The outside perspective can help to find gaps in your security that you would have otherwise never known were there.
As well as proactive prevention, companies should plan their potential response to security breaks. Any actual incident will be unique in the amount and type of data that is compromised, so dealing with a specific breach will require an individualized response. However, examining potential scenarios will help your organization be better prepared.
Generating hypothetical response plans can help your organization achieve thoroughness in the event of a breach, without overreacting. Many companies don’t respond or notify customers until they absolutely have to, when the law in their state dictates they must notify by without facing a penalty. Customers can lose trust in the company this way, wishing that they had been notified sooner. Other companies jump out of the gate, releasing information prematurely, before they have all the facts. This can cause customers to panic and lose trust in the company because they are unable to answer questions or provide more info.