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This post is one in a series designed to help SME businesses benchmark their business and create a best practice business improvement plan across all of their business processes.  You can find the links to the full series here.  

Image of hand pointing to screen lighting up various components of IT security systemWhy do businesses need to care about IT security?

IT security is the single biggest IT challenge facing SMEs. Cyberthreats are evolving daily with cybercriminals using increasingly sophisticated methods to perform cybercrime. To protect your business, it is necessary to have a comprehensive security program in place that combats possible cyberthreats.

Effective security programs use a multipronged approach with multiple layers of security to protect against cyberthreats. The foundation of a security program is a backup and disaster recovery system that is regularly tested, and which allows for quick recovery should a cyberbreach occur.

Starting with the backup system as a base, other layers of protection are added such as; antivirus, password management, antispam, staff training and education, and other forms of security all aimed at combating the various cyberthreats.

Implementing IT security programs requires specialist advice and should be reviewed regularly.


How does your business measure up?

Here’s a checklist to help you determine how well you are protecting your business against cyberthreats.

  • We have an IT security program in place
  • We consult with IT security experts regularly to ensure our business is protected from the latest cyberthreats
  • We test our backup system at least quarterly
  • We don’t just rely on antivirus to protect us from cyberthreats and instead have multiple security systems in place
  • Our staff receive regular education and training on cyberthreats and how to recognise the latest threats
  • We know what best practice password policies are and have these in place

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