Business Security

Part 3: How to best protect SMBs from cyberthreats

Greg Mosher, 12 December 2017

Learn the key elements MSPs need to keep their clients safe.

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Cybersecurity is not a one-size-fits-all solution, especially for SMBs (small and medium-sized businesses) who need dynamic, flexible solutions that can identify the sneakiest of threats and adapt to the evolving trends in cybercrime. Some managed services providers (MSPs) have already realized this growing need and have implemented solutions that bring enormous benefits to their business as well as their clients’.

So how do you offer the most effective managed security possible? The secret is to ensure complete protection across three main components: data, devices, and people. Using the right software is key, but it needs to be balanced with appropriate processes and a culture of cybersecurity in which employees are informed and vigilant. Below is an overview of the key tools and tactics for effective SMB security.

Safeguarding Data

Managing and securing data is not just an enterprise issue. SMBs are also managing a growing amount of data. Whether they store this data in the cloud, on premise servers, or on devices, it is important to have the appropriate protection in place to secure it and, in case of a disaster or cyberattack, recover it.

Here are some tools and best practices for protecting your customers’ data:

  • Content filtering
  • Email encryption
  • Data loss prevention
  • Backup and disaster recovery

Securing Devices

The growing number of user devices offers more gateways for cybercrime attacks. SMBs require continuous monitoring and protection of devices to ensure they are secure. The most effective methods to keep a device secure are as follows:

  • Antivirus
  • Patch management
  • Regular vulnerability scans
  • Web hardening

Protecting People

Admittedly, this component is the hardest to control, but it is vital all the same, as 37% of security breaches can be attributed to human error. Creating a culture of cybersecurity is essential so that everyone understands that they play a role in the company’s safety. This starts with:

  • Secure authentication
  • Secure remote working
  • Defining enforceable processes and policies
  • Providing security awareness and training

Learn more about the methods and benefits of protecting your SMB clients by downloading our whitepaper on MSPs adopting managed security services.