You don’t have to have 500+ employees for your company to be a target of hackers. In fact, according to the 2016 state of SMB Cybersecurity, half of the companies breached within 12 months were SMBs at an average cost of $879,582.

No company wants to be in this position, but where do you start to think about security, what your company needs, and how to prioritize your strategy?

To do a self-review, ask yourself and your team the following questions:

  • Are your employees, including your executive team, trained on cyber security?
  • What pieces of technology or services do the heavy lifting for your company when it comes to security?
  • Who manages that?
  • Why?
  • When was the last time you completed a security assessment?
  • Do you have an incident response plan?
  • If yes, how did you create it to be specific to your end users, industry and clients?
  • If no, why not?
  • Do you have any specific IT security concerns, such as changing IT and compliance regulations?
  • If so, what are they?
  • Have you experienced any public facing or known business challenges (a data security breach or major outage)?
  • Do you have a disaster recovery or business continuity strategy in place?
  • What is the state of your cybersecurity strategy and plan?

With the stakes higher than ever and cybercrime on the rise, it is important to start the conversation. It is imperative that you have a process in place to select security solutions and tools to address your cybersecurity challenges.

The good news is that there is expert support for you in the form of an agnostic technology agent or consultant. This trusted advisor can help you review your business needs, gain a deeper overview of the wide range of solutions and how each one fits in with what you're trying to accomplish. In addition to assisting you with procurement, they can also handle ongoing care.

About Comtel

Comtel Communications, a telecom/technology consulting agency based in Richmond, Virginia since 1991, provides best-in-class solutions and unbiased counsel to a diverse group of small, medium, and enterprise-level businesses, totaling more than $18.2M in annual billings. Leveraging unique access to 350+ national and international providers, Comtel benefits its clients through competitive quotes from multiple sources, to ensure their business goals are met with current and dynamic telecom and technology services. Acting as a partner, long after contracts are signed and services are deployed, Comtel offers superb back-office support to manage upgrades, track orders, and provide training to clients.

Author: Amy Humphreys