Missing Just One of These Could Instantly Open Up Your Network to a Cyberattack

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It’s Not Just the Big Boys They’re After

Sure, the top news stories are about the attacks on companies like Target, Home Depot and Sony, but your business is just as vulnerable, if not more so. Chances are, you simply do not have the resources that giant corporations have to manage a data disaster. The statistics are shocking: 60% of small businesses close their doors following a serious data breach. And that’s a low estimate depending on which recent survey you’ve read. The threat is not confined to giant corporations. Small and medium businesses are being attacked every day, and, unfortunately, your business is no exception.

Dealing with Data Breaches Requires Specialized Knowledge

Here are just a few things a competent data guardian must be able to do to effectively protect your systems:

  • Review documentation and monitor forums

Sometimes your software vendor doesn’t tell the whole story. It’s critical to check online forums and other communities to see if anyone else if having issues with the new patch before jumping in with both feet.

  • Know when to apply a patch immediately and when to wait

Typically, somewhere around 95% of patches work hassle-free. The trick is to spot the 5% that don’t – before installing them. This requires a patch testing framework, identifying unique patching requirements and applying exceptions accordingly.

  • Keep options open in case of complications

Once a patch has been applied, if things aren’t working, it’s critical to restore data network to pre-patch functionality, with little downtime as possible. This is nearly impossible to do if you just set everything to “auto update”. It also means having good backups in place along with a tested and proven recovery process.

Does just thinking about data security give you a headache? We strongly advise that you let us handle this critical part of your business for you under our managed IT services plan. You’ll discover how easy it is to rest assured that your network is secure 24/7. Give us a call at 850.588.3540 or stop by our office at 1330 Harrison Ave, Panama City, FL 32401 for more information.


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