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The Importance Of Cybersecurity For Small Businesses

Small businesses are at an increased risk of cyberattacks. However, many small business owners believe that they’re “too small to have to worry about cybersecurity”. In reality, online criminals are well aware that small businesses often lack the budget and technical know-how to correctly protect themselves. This makes them a softer target.

The risks of a successful cyberattack are also magnified for smaller companies. Even if they take a hit to their reputation, large businesses are unlikely to go out of business after being hacked. However, smaller organisations tend to run on far slimmer margins. Because of this, a sustained period of downtime could easily be enough to put them out of business for good. 

Despite what many businesses might like to think, there’s no business that’s too small to have to worry about cybersecurity. This is because most of today’s cyber-attacks are automated. Modern hacking tools can scan thousands of networks for vulnerabilities and execute attacks automatically when they find an open door. Unfortunately, these automated tools make no distinction between a multinational and a sole trader.

Cybersecurity Risks For Small Businesses  

  • Damage To Your Reputation
    No matter which industry you are in, maintaining customer confidence is key. If your business has a reputation for not being able to properly protect its customers, it will have a negative effect on its financial prospects. Similarly, if your business is not reliable and you suffer from frequent downtime, customers will go to your competitors instead. 
  • Business Interruption
    Successful ransomware attacks can render your business unable to operate for a sustained period of time. If you are unable to access your CRM, process payments, or track your stock, it can be nearly impossible to operate. Hospitals have even had to cancel surgeries after being unable to access medical records due to ransomware. 
  • Regulatory Fines
    The UK has some of the strictest data protection laws in the world. If your customer data is leaked because of poor data security, you could be in for a hefty fine from regulators. Beyond data protection laws, certain sectors such as the legal or financial industries have their own specific regulations.

Carden IT’s Cyber Defence Packages
At Carden IT Services, we offer three cyber defence packages to help secure your business. Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Rather than picking individual services like Web Filtering or Ransomware Protection, we believe it’s best to provide set packages of services which provide a more holistic approach to your security. 

At Carden IT Services, we have over a decade of experience delivering cyber-defence solutions to our customers. We’ve recently overhauled our cyber-defence services to make them simpler to understand. We’ve organised our cyber-defence services into three distinct packages (bronze, silver, and gold). Within these packages, we have services to match most business’s needs.  

Let’s go over the different cyber defence solutions that we offer. There should be one that matches your business needs. 

Cyber Defence Bronze Package
Our bronze package includes: 

Cyber Defence Silver Package
Our silver package includes everything in the bronze package, as well as: 

Cyber Defence Gold Package
Our gold package includes everything in the silver package, as well as: 

By now you should have a better idea of the importance of cybersecurity and some of the ways our cyber defence packages can help. If you require an aspect of cyber defence or IT support that you do not see listed above, we can most likely still provide it. To ask about this or learn more about any of these services, speak to our team today and see which IT support package matches your business’s needs.

Author: Dave King

Dave King is the Co-Founder and Director of Carden IT Services and the wider Carden IT Group. Dave has over 18 years’ experience in business IT networks with a focus on IT consultation and disaster recovery planning/testing.