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Image of hand pointing to screen lighting up various components of IT security systemWhy do businesses need to care about IT security?

IT security is the single biggest IT challenge facing SMEs. Cyberthreats are evolving daily with cybercriminals using increasingly sophisticated methods to perform cybercrime. To protect your business, it is necessary to have a comprehensive security program in place that combats possible cyberthreats.

Effective security programs use a multipronged approach with multiple layers of security to protect against cyberthreats. The foundation of a security program is a backup and disaster recovery system that is regularly tested, and which allows for quick recovery should a cyberbreach occur.

Starting with the backup system as a base, other layers of protection are added such as; antivirus, password management, antispam, staff training and education, and other forms of security all aimed at combating the various cyberthreats.

Implementing IT security programs requires specialist advice and should be reviewed regularly.


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BEST PRACTICE BENCHMARK: We have a comprehensive IT security program in place including a backup system that is tested weekly and a multipronged best practice CyberProtection strategy that protects us from current and emerging Cyberthreats.  #Technology #Risk

Here’s a checklist to help you determine how well you are protecting your business against cyberthreats.

  • We have an IT security program in place
  • We consult with IT security experts regularly to ensure our business is protected from the latest cyberthreats
  • We test our backup system at least quarterly
  • We don’t just rely on antivirus to protect us from cyberthreats and instead have multiple security systems in place
  • Our staff receive regular education and training on cyberthreats and how to recognise the latest threats
  • We know what best practice password policies are and have these in place

About the SMART-Connect best practice IT Systems and Security Advisor

Damien Battersby

Damien Battersby

IT Systems and Security Specialist

Damien Battersby is founder and managing director of Proactive IT Solutions, an IT company focused on helping business owners improve their bottom line through best practice technology. Over the past 15 years, Damien has worked with hundreds of small and medium business owners helping them get the best from their business through better technology.

By focusing on the business strategy and taking a proactive approach, Damien offers more to his clients, maximizing their business performance through their IT systems. His clients enjoy less downtime, higher returns on technology investments and more profits.

Along with technology, Damien is also passionate about business and particularly what he calls ‘Client Experience’. The theory behind this is that by focusing on delivering a consistently awesome client experience, you will have more loyal clients who spend more and never question your pricing. This of course translates to a better bottom line.  Damien believes that by choosing the right technology, maximizing client experience can be systemized enabling a repeatable best practice “Client Experience”.

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