As a business owner or manager, you use the internet.
If your computer stops working, it might be repairable.
If a cellphone screen cracks, it usually is replaceable.
If your network gets hacked, it definitely is not reversible.
Simple prevention methods may help to deter many attacks on your systems, however it is not nearly enough. Routine and continuous monitoring and updating and maintaining of cybersecurity are required by every business owner or manager to ensure safety of your workplace data and privacy.
It may seem as if there are many barriers to entry for business owners or managers to begin implementing cybersecurity solutions. Setting up proper cybersecurity solutions may seem like a daunting, intimidating task and many may think cybersecurity can be extremely expensive to deploy.
However, there are many free resources available for business owners to easily set up a safe cyber environment. Here are a few of them:
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The federal Department of Homeland Security has put together a versatile platform to help almost anyone with cybersecurity. For more information, visit www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect.
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A free cybersecurity symposium will be held in conjunction with the Lehigh Valley Business Expo at the Agri-Plex at the Allentown Fairgrounds from 1:30-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4. For more information, visit www.lvb.com/section/cybersecurity-symposium.
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Recognizing that the national and economic security of the United States depends on the reliable functioning of critical infrastructure, the National Institute of Standards and Technology offers excellent framework, resources and tools. For more information, visit www.nist.gov/cyberframework.
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The National Cybersecurity Alliance has developed a resourceful tool to help both individuals and businesses stay safe online. The compilation of tools offers a wide range of educational tools as well as free security checkup software. For more information, visit staysafeonline.org.
Cybersecurity experts have indicated cybercrime will increase from $3 trillion in 2015 to more than $6 trillion by 2021.
In the coming weeks through October – National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – there will be much discussion regarding cybersecurity.
As members of the business community, it is extremely important to educate yourself and others regarding the importance of cybersecurity.
Cybersecurity is a collaborative effort. Ask questions. Stay vigilant.
Antonio Haddad is founder and managing partner at Infradapt LLC in Trexlertown, which specializes in functioning as the outsourced information technology department for small businesses and the outsourced telephony provider for enterprises and school districts. He can be reached at 484-546-2020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.