While massive data breaches at large organizations grab headlines, small- to midsize businesses (SMBs) have become an increasingly popular target for cybercrooks. Accelerated and exacerbated by the pandemic-inspired trend toward hybrid working models, research shows SMBs now represent nearlyhalf of all cybercrime victims.
How can you as an SMB technology leader cope with this crime wave?
We recommend these “3 Es of Cybersecurity.” Here’s how the approach works:
- Engage Everyone as Defenders
So if every member of an organization is at risk, every cyber awareness campaign and training course should engage every team member – from the front line to the C-suite.
- Enable Effective Solutions
Use strong passwords. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recommends setting an 8-character password minimum with a mix of uppercase, lowercase, numerals and special characters. Plus, minimize frequent mandatory resets, which paradoxically tend to weaken passwords over time.
Implement multifactor authentication (MFA). Adding a level of security with basic maneuvers such as one-time codes by text deters most illegitimate access attempts, even when attackers have stolen passwords.
- Execute Expediently
Cybercrime is a multi-trillion-business that stretches around the globe and shows no signs of diminishing. Don’t face it alone. Call us for support putting the “3 Es of Cybersecurity” into action.
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