To say someone is adept at a task is to say that they are a professional, or someone with a considerable amount of knowledge that contributes to their ability to complete a particular task. In cybersecurity, this is extremely important, as the entire concept of cybersecurity is complex by nature. Your business too can improve its cybersecurity practices and shift focus to a more mindful approach to network security.
First, let’s consider some of the challenges that small businesses face related to cybersecurity. Then, let’s talk about what it means to be a security professional and how your organization can use this knowledge to its benefit.
The Challenges of Security for SMBs
Security is a huge problem for small businesses, especially those that don’t take it seriously or think that they are not a target. The truth of the matter is that hackers don’t care how many employees you have or what industry you are a part of. Your business has data that hackers would find valuable, period. While many want to take it seriously, there are barriers that many businesses perceive to be in the way, chief among them a lack of security expertise and a lack of funds to hire top cybersecurity talent.
What Does It Mean to Be a Cybersecurity Professional?
This might seem like an odd question to ask, but we want to make sure that businesses understand what they must look for in a cybersecurity professional. Here are some traits that a security professional will have:
- A focus on proactive, preventative defenses rather than a reactive approach
- A divorce from security biases that prevent one from making objective decisions
- The technical knowledge and expertise necessary to understand cyber threats
- An understanding that security also requires training of staff and higher-level executives
- The flexibility to adapt to new threats and learn from them
Ultimately, whoever is at the helm of your cybersecurity strategy must possess these personal and professional traits. Failing to do so puts your organization at risk.
How to Become a Cybersecurity Adept Yourself
We won’t beat around the bush with this one; you are not going to become a cybersecurity professional overnight. Technicians have to undergo extensive training that involves meticulous attention to detail and a thorough understanding of the countless threats out there, as well as knowledge on how to respond to each of them. Suffice to say there is a reason why so many businesses choose to outsource this responsibility.
In a sense, trusting your organization’s security to outsourced professionals does make you a cybersecurity adept. Not only do you acknowledge that there are professionals whose jobs are specifically to handle this responsibility, but you also understand that security is nothing to mess around with. It’s a win-win scenario. Virtual Business Solutions can be the professionals you trust your organization to. To learn more, reach out to us at (504) 840-9800 ext. 105.