Top 3 Reasons Small Businesses Overlook Cybersecurity (and what to do about them)

In today’s digital landscape, where cyber threats lurk around every virtual corner, it’s crucial for businesses of all sizes to prioritize cybersecurity. However, small businesses often fall victim to the misconception that they are immune to cyber-attacks, leading them to overlook the necessary measures needed to protect their organizations. Join us as we embark on a journey through the top three reasons small businesses neglect cybersecurity and discover how to overcome these challenges. So, fasten your seatbelts, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s dive into the realm of cybersecurity!

Lack of Awareness: The Silent Invader

Consider a small business owner is focused on growing their business, handling day-to-day operations, and serving their customers. Amidst the chaos of entrepreneurship, cybersecurity might not be high on their priority list. The primary reason small businesses overlook cybersecurity is a lack of awareness regarding the risks and consequences of cyber-attacks.

To combat this, small businesses must first recognize that they are attractive targets for cybercriminals precisely because they often lack robust security defenses. One crucial cybersecurity control that can bolster protection is multifactor authentication (MFA). By implementing MFA (such as Cisco Duo), businesses add an additional layer of security to their systems, requiring users to provide multiple forms of identification, such as a password and a unique code or push notification sent to their mobile device. This simple measure can thwart many common hacking attempts (it’s the most important thing you can do to prevent an Office 365 account breach), protecting valuable business data and preventing unauthorized access.

Furthermore, endpoint security plays a vital role in defending against advanced threats. Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) solutions provide real-time monitoring and threat intelligence, enabling businesses to detect and respond to modern threats on their network. Small businesses can leverage EDR to detect potential breaches, isolate affected workstations and servers, and prevent the spread of malware or other malicious activities.  Traditional antivirus products are no longer adequate against today’s threats, and EDR is a must.

Limited Resources: David vs. Goliath

Small businesses often face a financial conundrum when it comes to cybersecurity. With limited budgets, scarce staff, and a lack of technical expertise, it’s no wonder that small businesses perceive cybersecurity as an unnecessary expense rather than a critical investment. However, failing to allocate resources for cybersecurity measures can prove to be a costly mistake in the long run.

The reality is that securing most small businesses isn’t that expensive.  Yes…it does require expert guidance, planning, and investment in tools and process, but many small businesses are resistant to change or a perceived inconvenience more than the cost of the cyber security tools or services.  Rest assured, following a business impacting breach, most small business owners wish they had done more to secure their businesses.

Additionally, investing in cyber insurance is a prudent step for small businesses. Cyber insurance provides financial protection in the event of a cyber-attack, covering expenses such as legal fees, breach notification costs, and potential liability claims. While cyber insurance cannot prevent an attack, it acts as a safety net, mitigating the financial impact and helping small businesses recover more quickly. Collaborating with an insurance provider experienced in cybersecurity can ensure that businesses have appropriate coverage tailored to their specific risks.

Perception of Low Risk: The False Comfort Zone

Some small business owners mistakenly believe that cybercriminals only target larger organizations with vast resources or high-profile individuals. They may feel that their small customer base or limited financial holdings make them an unattractive target. However, this perception of low risk can have devastating consequences. Cyber criminals are out for financial gain…period.  They are indiscriminate about their targets and will take down the operations of small business in their quest for payout.

For your business to survive in today’s cyber threat landscape, you’ll need the right, security first managed IT Services partner.  Included with all Mentis Group managed solutions are the cybersecurity controls and processes required by most cyber insurance carriers for a policy, and the strategy to keep your organization secure and operating efficiently.