Small Businesses Need Cybersecurity, Too

December 1, 2021

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Are you a recent startup company? Do you have a small office? Are you just getting into the digital world? Whatever the situation is, if you are a small business, you also need to have cybersecurity. There are compliance regulations that require any company that stores personal information to provide security for their customers or clients.

Why is this? Well, as you know, the privacy of every individual is extremely important to keep, and if a hacker receives any personal information — names, DOB, passwords, credit card numbers, etc. — their access and possibilities are endless. So, what can you do?

There are a wide variety of cybersecurity companies that can provide you with products or services that you need. In the past, a lot of smaller companies simply relied on firewalls or other intrusion prevention and detection systems, but that is no longer good enough. You need products and services from a Managed Service Provider with cybersecurity expertise that can ensure that you are keeping compliance regulations and properly securing the privacy of your customers and employees.

Compliance

As mentioned, no matter your size, there are required regulations for any entity that keeps personal information.

Depending on the type of industry and vertical that a company is categorized by, they may also be subject to comply with HIPAA, PCI, NY Shield, NIST-CSF, CMMC or other compliance regimes. Each compliance standard covers a different field, for example, PCI stands for Payment Card Industry and oversees the security for credit cards; HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and deals with personal health information.

When you first start a business, or when you first start storing personal information, you may not know which compliance regulations apply to your company, but you can turn to a cybersecurity company for help. CTN is a leading managed service provider, fluent in cybersecurity, and will not only know what compliance regulations you must abide by, but also can give you the services needed to stay within the guidelines.

Cybersecurity Services

Being a smaller organization makes you a target as SMBs comprise as much as 85% of cyber incidents! So, it can be challenging to be thinking about cybersecurity — an unknown area of the business world — it can even be intimidating, but there are simple solutions that can work for you. The most important thing to remember is to do something.

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