However, this has made cyber security more important than ever, with the need to protect business and personal information paramount.
Boileau Business technology director Angelique Boileau says many people believe cyber risks only apply to government and major businesses, but small to medium enterprises are more exposed.
“According to the Internet Security Threat Report, 60 per cent of all targeted attacks last year involved the SME organisations.”
“The reasons are numerous but most come down to lack of resources invested in security, less mature or sophisticated security processes and technologies in place, and failure to adopt basic best practices or implement essential employee awareness and training programs. The SME organisations must realise that cyber security is a business issue and must be considered as part of the company’s overall IT strategy,” she says.
Cyber crimes are now acknowledged as one of Australia’s biggest security problems, with assets that were once physically protected now easily accessed online. However, organisations can partner with a “Trusted Technology Partner” to get relevant advice related to their security infrastructure, including carrying out regular security audits that will highlight weaknesses and improve organisational readiness.
Boileau strongly believes that organisations should be able to feel safe functioning online but need advice on how they can best protect their data and get quick-response support when something does go wrong.
“The future of business is online but disruption of this space by those who have criminal intent is inevitable. That is why we provide this service so that our SME customers can continue their activities with confidence that if something does happen, we’ve got them covered.”
“Many SME owners still assume that information security is an IT issue, not a distinct function with a separate governance structure which requires a separate budget, that allows for appropriate resources. The ICT team at Boileau are relentless in getting this message out to the SME community and they have the solutions.”
Boileau Business Technology is a South Australian family owned and operated company providing “End to End” business efficiency and technical support to its clients since 1989. It was listed in the SA Business Index 2015 “Top 100” businesses in South Australia for its business and technical support.
For more information, you can visit www.boileau.com.au
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