How SMBs can effectively protect their networks from cyberthreats – without breaking their security budgets
Recently, I participated in a training exercise where a team of hackers (the red team) simulated an attack on an organization’s infrastructure, and a team of Cyber experts (the blue team) was tasked with responding to the incident and restoring normal operations. As the red team inflicted its initial attack, the blue team jumped on their monitoring tools and detection technology, scrambling to quickly quell the threat and fend off the attackers. Their natural response was to put up one obstacle after another, rapidly trying to shield their infrastructure from harm: for example, shutting down ports that were being targeted by attackers or disabling admin accounts that the red team was trying to compromise. Unfortunately, in this process, the blue team would also block legitimate and essential traffic on ports, or shut down systems driven by admin accounts, effectively disrupting their organization’s ability to operate - even before the attackers had accomplished this with their tactics.
This Whac-A-Mole approach is not an effective strategy against cyberattacks nor something as impactful as, let’s say, ransomware attacks. And when you are running a small business, ransomware attacks are one of the most serious threats you need to watch out for. In fact, in just the first half of 2022, Avast blocked on average over 14,000 ransomware attacks targeting business users per month. And since most SMBs lack the expertise needed to develop an effective defense strategy, here are a few simple guidelines that they can follow to avoid the Whac-A-Mole trap:
Though most small business owners don’t have a multi-million-dollar security budget and are not high-profile enough to attract attention from terrorist groups, today’s small businesses are actually being attacked by cybercriminals more frequently than large enterprises. Besides investing in the right security defenses, SMBs should also consider strong personnel practices and awareness to implement a better defensive strategy than Whac-A-Mole. Find out more about how we can help you and your business by signing up for our free trial.
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