Cybersecurity has significantly evolved over the years from an information technology problem to an organization-wide security challenge. As a result, cyber-attacks have hobbled businesses and slowed economies in nearly every developed country at one point or another.
For example, in Spring 2021, a cyberattack briefly slowed travel and caused a spike in gas prices when weaknesses in the billing security of the oil and gas supply chain were exploited.
The same year, cyber-attacks caused a meat shortage across the U.S. when the supply chain was interrupted because of a cyber attack. Cybersecurity for businesses large and small is more important than ever.
While protection from hackers and some forms of fraud are the primary purposes of deploying cybersecurity infrastructure, there are a surprising number of added benefits that are cumulative and far-reaching.
First and foremost, protecting your business is the aim of implementing cybersecurity infrastructure. Every business has sensitive information to protect. Cybersecurity can protect you and your company from information leaks, malware, ransomware, and more. From employee records and personal data to client and consumer information to your business bank information, cybersecurity measures are the only known available solution.
While most people think about emergent and obvious challenges solved by cybersecurity, there are additional benefits. Systems are brought offline, teams are delayed, and work is paused anytime there is an attack. Proper cybersecurity infrastructure results in higher productivity because employees' systems, software, and equipment remain functional and efficient.
Cybersecurity measures detect and deter cyber threats. However, standalone antivirus software isn’t enough. Instead, companies need robust protections that can ward off day-to-day attacks that are getting more advanced and more creative year over year.
For example, adware is a virus that attacks productivity and the ability to work without interruption by overloading systems with advertisements. Adware can also be a Trojan Horse, allowing other viruses and access to malicious scammers should the user click on an ad. The right security measures block adware.
A complete cybersecurity infrastructure will protect against all forms of possible attacks: network security, internet security, endpoint security, cloud security, and application security. In addition, you’ll be able to protect the organization from a variety of external attacks as well as any possible internal attacks by consolidating solutions and using a simplified system of security management.
A security infrastructure also protects valuable information. By now, we’re all too familiar with data leaks that result in business and individual sensitive information being strewn across the internet. If nothing else, cybersecurity measures protect valuable data of the organization, its partners, vendors, clients and customers, and employees.
These days, even brick-and-mortar companies rely on websites. However, selling online isn’t the only reason a website can be valuable. Websites help people find companies. From a hyperlocal perspective, websites help locals find out hours of operation, location, and other valuable information like core values, menus, and more.
Should a website go down, even for a few hours, it can cost a company money, customers, transactions, and more. The right cybersecurity measures mean the most crucial tool most companies rely on, their website, will remain protected and functional without interruption.
It only takes one data breach to end consumer trust completely. And websites without security certificates, employee access without logins or VPNs, and other security hazards lead to broken consumer confidence, as well as broken employee trust. Safety track records and visible means of cyber protection can mean your brand is respected and trusted or can force a company to constantly invest in marketing and other pricey measures to try and earn back customer confidence. Brands and businesses should invest in the proper cybersecurity infrastructure in the first place.
Every company needs to invest in cybersecurity early and ongoing. Waiting until an attack occurs will be more costly than just putting an infrastructure in place in the first place. And because attacks evolve and become increasingly creative, it’s crucial that the IT team stays on top of the latest cybersecurity measures and best practices.
At ACP, we offer managed IT services. That means we can assemble an IT team that understands the most recent threats, implements the ideal plan for your company’s size and needs and will be able to quickly implement a disaster plan in case a breach does occur. Call the professionals at ACP today to determine whether managed IT cybersecurity services are ideal for you.