In today’s tech-driven world, data breaches are an all-too-common occurrence. Especially at risk are small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The National Cyber Security Alliance reports that 70% of cyberattacks target SMBs, while 60% of those affected go out of business after a breach!

In the face of such odds, it’s essential to keep your company trained and prepared in order to reduce the chance of a hack. Additionally, having everyone up to speed on what action steps should be taken if a breach does occur is absolutely vital for long-term survival and success.

In order to prepare for a potential cyber response, businesses must take a few key steps.

First step, take inventory of your assets and assign dollar values to them in order to determine which are essential and which need the most protection.

Second step, assess vulnerabilities in order to prioritize response efforts and reduce the risk of attack. With these steps taken, businesses can be prepared for any potential cyber responses.

It’s essential to be aware of the risks that come with having employees. You need to make sure they are trained effectively on how to detect phishing emails and other cybersecurity threats that can endanger your business.

To get a complete picture of potential risk gaps, try organizing an exercise to simulate various scenarios. This will give you greater insight into the different perspectives as well as demonstrate how each team member contributes overall.

Regularly conducting these simulations keeps every employee informed and motivated to participate in preventing cybersecurity threats.

Third step, it’s important to form a response team that includes members from all relevant departments of the business. It’s essential that each individual on the team has specific goals in mind; these should facilitate improved workplace performance while ensuring they are equipped to handle an attack should one arise.

Next, an effective plan should be developed with input from your team members that outlines each step needed to minimize risk, and also outlines the steps to take in response in the case of an attack.

Ensure detailed information is collected as well as gain full engagement from your workforce by encouraging input and feedback while establishing the plan.

The higher level of involvement your team has throughout this process, the more likely you are uncover any risks before they occur and ensure a precise response when needed.

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