Small businesses makeup a large part of day-to-day functions in the U.S. According to the Small Business Administration, there were 29.6 million small businesses in the U.S. with 57.9 million employees – and growing.
Small businesses are great because they offer the opportunity for competition, innovation and breaking down the barriers in today’s market.
While enterprises once thrived because they had more capital to invest in advancement, today thanks to the Internet, that playing field is level. Even their smaller counterparts can compete and gain access to valuable tools needed to succeed in their respective markets.
One area small businesses are still catching up on however – and arguably not as fast as they need to – is security.
Small businesses are a large target for breaches and threats because they don’t typically employ the same protections and preventative measures and this is where many go wrong.
The only way to ensure long-term business success today is to invest in IT. Technological innovations will continue to push the boundaries of how we conduct business and succeed. Having a plan and protection for those connected technologies is absolutely critical. Especially considering the rate at which cybersecurity issues continue to arise today.
Research from Insureon found that, “of the more than 34,000 cybersecurity incidents that happen daily in the US, 62 percent occur at small and midsize businesses.” The expenses alone to recover from a breach are enough to potentially close the door at these businesses.
To protect their businesses, it’s absolutely vital that small businesses have software, firewalls and spam filters installed as a first line of defense. Working with a managed IT provider can take that burden off of in-house staff and provide the best security. Hiring a professional is also the best way to ensure your company is protected from the most current threats and that your network is being monitored around the clock for potential issues.
Effective, managed IT services are an insurance policy against the threats of cyber insecurity and the only way to remain productive.