Managed Security Services for Small Businesses

The success of any business in our time is directly related to the level of technologies used. Any business uses computers, software, the Internet, and communication networks in its activities. The higher the success and activity of a company, the more its activities depend on automation tools, and the more acute the problem of information security becomes.

  From a managers' or small and medium-sized business owners' point of view, the cyber-criminals are only interested in large businesses and small organisations are not in danger, because no one will chase them. In fact, this is not the case. Any computer, tablet, or smartphone in any organisation can be “infected” with malware from a phishing site, email or flash drive, or through a non-targeted attack. In reality, cybercriminals in mass attacks do not even know which company they are attacking, everything happens automatically. But if big business has the necessary resources to resist threats, or, at least, to neutralise their impact, then the consequences for small businesses can be fatal.

Let's consider as an example, a private architectural firm. Suppose this firm has been working on a large shopping center project for the past few months. All their plans, schemes, strategy graphs, and so on were placed on the network storage to get the convenience of collaboration. The chief architect of the project has access to the repository with a network drive, with full rights to record to any folder. One day, he opens an email attachment with a virus inside. The virus encrypts all files on a personal computer and on the network storage. The free antivirus that has not been updated for a long time did not notice the ransomware, and there is nothing to decrypt the files. In addition, it turns out that the backup has not been done for a long time. As a result, all work over several months is lost, the company suffers serious losses and reputational damage.

The strategy of information security and measures taken can be quite complex depending on the tasks, business processes in the enterprise, and capabilities.

Loss of information and inability to conduct business are the main risks of information security for small and medium-sized businesses. Here's a minimal set of solutions to help you protect your company early on.

  • Improve the culture of your employees to work safely with information on the Internet.

  • Provide access to confidential information only to key employees. Try to exclude full access to data where it is not required. Separate read-only and editable data.

  • Make regular backups of critical important information for business and keep them separate.

  • Secure your office network. Use "firewalls", encrypted https, sftp, vpn channels.

  • Use a good antivirus on all corporate computers, laptops, tablets, and phones. Update your software regularly.

To organise the integrated network and anti-virus security system, we offer world-class, innovative products from Sophos. Sophos is focused on SMB sales rather than Enterprise, with the result that all of their products are tailored to the specifics of SMBs. At the moment, Sophos has a fairly extensive