If you’re reading this, odds are you’ve realized you might need some help with your IT security. Here’s the thing about IT security, online threats are oftentimes more subtle than physical threats. They can be silent and unassuming. With that in mind, here are 3 signs that you need an IT consultant.
1. The numbers and statistics say it’s time.
SecurityIntelligence.com breaks down the cyber crime numbers over the past few years… and they are staggering. As of November 2016, over “50 percent of small and mid-sized organizations reported suffering at least one cyberattack in the last 12 months.” Further, the average cost of one of those attacks to a small to mid-sized business involving assets totaled $879,582. Those businesses went on to spend another $955,429 to get their business functional again so that they could continue to run at a normal level. Think about that for a second. One attack on your assets can cost you close to 1.7 million dollars.
Additionally, it’s been shown that over 60% of businesses that were hit by a cyber attack closed within 6 months after the attack. Whether it be the cost or the damage in total, when you are attacked and aren’t protected, there’s a good chance that you’re either going to be damaged severely, or your business will close altogether.
2. Your employees don’t regularly update their applications.
Did you know that 95% of all cyber attacks are caused by human error? SecurityIntelligence.com has been following this trend for years. It’s not unlikely you or someone in your office will unintentionally facilitate a cyber attack on your business.
We know that you don’t have the time to worry about your network security when you’re busy running your business, but that doesn’t mean that it should be left unchecked. According to the Verizon Data Breach Investigations report, “Most (cyber) attacks exploit known vulnerabilities that have never been patched despite patches being available for months, or even years.” That means that when it’s inconvenient to update your applications, you’re leaving the door wide open for cyber criminals to walk in and attack your network.
If you aren’t aware as to whether or not everything has been updated in your office, you could be vulnerable. An IT security consultant ensures everything is up to date and running at peak security levels so your network is protected.
3. Your business is growing
That’s right, the final sign that you need an IT security consultant is that your business is growing. While you’re running the day to day operations of your thriving business, the target on your network is growing.
Hackers know that as your business grows, there is more money and information to steal. Your success is a beacon to criminals who are willing to exploit your hard work. With an IT security consultant in place, you will be able to rest easy knowing that the attention your business gets will not bring about successful attacks from cyber criminals.
To learn how we can protect your business, reach out to one of our experts, today.