By Steve Smith, Dundee-based business development manager at Dynamic Edge
It’s not just businesses as big as Talk Talk who can be susceptible to cyber attacks, any company – small, medium or large could fall victim to a breach of security.
A recent survey of procurement managers conducted by KPMG showed that SMEs run the risk of losing out on business because they are not focussed enough on protecting client data.
The survey found that 94% of those asked were concerned about cyber security, while 86% said they that they would consider removing suppliers of SME size if they were to be hacked.
It’s not surprising that major companies are thinking about about cyber security, they should be, but it is concerning that smaller businesses could suffer in the long-term if they don’t take the matter seriously and act accordingly.
It really is vital that all businesses now place emphasis on preventing cyber attacks and look after the data of their clients.
Taking simple precautions such as changing passwords periodically, making sure that a firewall is turned on, installing an anti-spyware solution, as well as keeping software and operating systems up to date can make all the difference. Most importantly, however, is training. All members of your team should be kept up-to-date with safety procedures and know how to protect themselves and the business from a threat.
Larger firms looking to use the services of SME suppliers may be more inclined to opt for a company that is investing in data security by working with a reliable and reputable technology partner.
By seeking the help of a trusted IT firm, who has the relevant expertise, equipment and experience, firms can proactively protect their business’ critical systems and information.