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How to Choose the Ideal Cyber Security Company
Looking for a cyber security company? Protecting your business in not a luxury, it's a necessity.
2016 saw more cyber security breaches than any other year on record. In fact, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), 1,093 attacks occurred that year--up 40% from the year before.
The ITRC reports that most of the data breaches were the result of email compromise schemes. The second most common type of breach was the result of accidental email or internet exposure of information--employee errors.
Are You Protected?
The Financial Post reports that about 36% of Canadian IT professionals know their companies have experienced a security breach. Many breaches go undetected and reporting them is critical to your company's future. These breaches can harm not only the business that's been attacked but the clients that are served by the businesses.
An attack has many costs, and one of them is the trust a client puts in you--you may lose that trust and it'll cost you.
Is your company putting its clients and customers at risk for identity theft? If your answer is maybe, read the easy guidelines below that will help you find a cyber security that will meet your company's needs.
Finding the Right Cyber Security Company
Ensure that the company you hire bases its work on the three pillars of cyber security: people, processes, and technology.
Within you company, everyone should receive proper training about how to avoid making your network vulnerable.
At the company you hire, the employees should strive to keep up to date with the most current threats and the technology to thwart them.
Your organization must have standards in place that operate as the rules for how to avoid a cyber attack. These standards should be managed by an information security management system that can be put in place by your own technicians or by the cyber security company you hire.
The technology you employ must be up to date to counter current threats. This should include malware protection, secure mobile and web use for employees, network security, and secure configurations.
Conflict of Interest
Ensure that the firm you want to hire doesn't have a relationship with hardware or software companies that might keep them from having your best interests at heart. Hopefully, you can find a firm that has developed its own technology and isn't relying on someone else.
Going along with the idea of having your best interests at heart, can the firm you're considering tailor their services to your business? Or do they only do one thing for everyone who hires them?
Are They Insured?
Did you know that cyber security companies should carry insurance just like any other contractor you hire?
Who Else has Hired Them?
Find out what other companies trust the firm you're considering. Are some private, some public? Are some commercial and some government?
You want someone who has represented a variety of businesses so that you can benefit from what the firm has learned in dealing with a range of issues your own company may or may not encounter.
In other words, you want the firm you hire to be prepared for anything that may come your way.
What to do
If what you've read has come as news to you, consider finding help. Your business is on the line and the trust your clients and customers place in you is at stake. Act today.
Steve E. Driz, I.S.P., ITCP