Have you ever played the game ‘What would you do?’ It’s a game of brain teasers enjoyed by children in long car rides and adults over a few drinks. In short, someone comes up with a scenario and players have to say how they would deal with that situation. It can help you understand the ways people’s minds work and the consequences of actions while being fun.
If you are a small-medium enterprise owner or worker, we have the perfect question for you: What would you do if your business was compromised as a result of a cyber attack or another disaster? You should already have your answer mapped out. Cybercrime is no joke for businesses. In a world where cybercriminals become more advanced every day, the question is not if you will experience an attack, but when. Are you prepared?
Let’s say it’s nine o’clock in the evening. You are winding down, relaxing on the settee when you get the call. There has been a cyber attack on your business. The attackers have stolen sensitive data, money, and have destroyed your website. It is no longer functioning properly. What do you do? You are now part of the majority of British businesses that have fallen victim to a cyber attack. This cost British businesses around £30 billion in 2016. It can lead to a loss of customers, loss of sales, a poor reputation, and possible legal action if customer data is breached.
Quick! What are you going to do? An attack that brings a data centre down can cost thousands per minute. Combine this with legal fees for not properly protecting customer data and the settlement, then you’re in deep trouble. The most reasonable option is to contact an IT professional to stop the problem. But this takes time and you are losing money with every second that passes. Aside from this option, reacting to a disaster is just a lot of panicking, apologising and remaining optimistic. Surely there’s a better solution?
There is. It involves having a business continuity plan that focuses on risk management and disaster recovery to ensure this scenario never happens. Technology like firewalls, VPNs, anti-malware, anti-spyware and anti-viral software reduce the risk of cyber attacks being successful. Then, recovery options, such as using backup servers, allow your business to be back up and running in minutes when any attacks that do occur. Simple technological changes to your business’s IT networks, and being cautious online, puts measures in place to save you from the costs and legal concerns of experiencing a disaster.
By applying these changes, and constantly testing them to ensure they are effective, you can avoid the panic of what you would do in a disaster situation. In fact, many network security companies are instantly notified when a security breach does occur so they can begin to solve the problem before you even know it. Taking the necessary steps to ensure business continuity can allow you to rest assured your business is safe.
At Tandem Systems we tailor business continuity plans to perfectly suit your business needs. To find out how we can improve the security of your network, contact us today on 01204860050.