It doesn’t matter how large or small your organization is. It doesn’t matter what title you hold at work. It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in.
On the latest episode of B2B Tech Talk with Ingram Micro, Security Technology Consultant Curt Vurpillat
shares his expert advice on preparing your organization’s security strategy for 2020.
- Identifying cyber threats
- The best security solutions for Ingram Micro vendors
- Adhering to changing regulations
- Maintaining good cybersecurity posture
Security for small businesses
Small companies tend to believe they’re safer from data breaches than large enterprises. However, just the opposite is true.
Small businesses are actually 3x more likely to be attacked than large businesses.
”Small businesses are 3x more likely to be breached than large businesses.” - Curt Vurpillat
In other words, small organizations need to take cybersecurity just as seriously—if not more so—than large corporations.
You may be wondering why any business would be complacent about protecting their data. Curt points out two main reasons that are all too common:
- Employees don’t understand the risks. It takes knowledge of the cybersecurity landscape to train employees on identifying threats. Sometimes, organizations don’t have dedicated IT personnel. This leaves a business at risk of cyberattacks.
- There’s no longer a set perimeter around information. Protecting your data used to mean reinforcing your infrastructure. Now data can be stored in a variety of ways, including the public cloud. Businesses should be taking cybersecurity just as seriously as when information was solely stored on-premises.
Security is not one-size-fits-all
Curt emphasizes that different organizations will need different security solutions.
Although a custom security strategy may sound out of reach, it’s not.
Take an Ingram Micro vendor, for example, who’s an SMB without a dedicated IT professional. As long as they’re partners with a larger service provider, they won’t need to understand all the nuances of proper cybersecurity.
“Security is different for everyone in terms of what makes sense.” - Curt Vurpillat
The third-party service provider (in this case Ingram Micro) will work to fully grasp the vendor’s customer base and specific security needs. This will allow a security professional, like Curt, to match the vendor with the best security strategy available.
Curt also points out that there are services and strategies that your organization can employ that don’t require a huge commitment of resources. With the advancements of technology and information, small businesses now have access to the same security self-assessments that large corporations do.
Benefits of a third-party cybersecurity provider
Curt lists a number of benefits to partnering with a third-party cybersecurity provider:
"Cybersecurity is a team sport." - Curt Vurpillat
Access Ingram Micro’s Security Practice Builder.
- Always maintain compliance with new rules and regulations (GDPR, HIPAA, etc.).
- Have a nonbiased opinion on your security posture.
- Keep your data securely backed up.
- Stay up to date on the evolution of threats and security solutions.