Posted on Apr 11, 2019

Isaac Adams-Hands Consulting

Government of Canada issues cyber security guide for Small-Medium sized Businesses

Many small and mid-sized businesses are concerned about encountering cyber security breaches because they don't have the budget to hire infosec professionals to monitor their infrastructure. As a solution, the Canadian government issued a guide on baseline Cyber Security controls for SMBs. One example would be to automate software updates in a single patch.

While it's true that there's lots of information tailored to large organizations for troubleshooting their security management programs, SMBs are unable to utilize those measures without running into cyber attacks that would endanger their IT databases. What they require is a full-packaged protection system, divided into organizational and baseline controls. Data can be stored safely if an SMB installs anti-malware, user ID verification, and security settings on all their devices including mobile phones and tablets.

Another suggestion involves training employees about recognizing security risks and how to respond in case of a lockdown emergency. In a small organization, the primary goal should be about assigning members to communicate with customers, other employees, and even investors in case something does go wrong. Or at least before a significant incident damages public security.

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