SMB cybersecurity – an unmet need
SMB cybersecurity has long been overlooked by the IT industry as too “small potatoes” for serious investment. However, we think the issue is too important to ignore. Over the past few years, our small- to medium-sized business clients have become increasingly aware of the threats to their IT systems and data. We consistently talk with our clients about their security posture, adopting solid practices for network security and educating their users on safe internet habits.
But unfortunately, as data breaches of Fortune 500 companies and even the US federal government have shown, even the most robust security measures are not infallible. And unfortunately SMBs can’t assume they won’t be attacked simply because they are small – in fact leading IT analysts estimate that over 60% of all cyberattacks are targeting SMBs, where incidents are seldom reported.
So what is a small business to do? Not having the IT budget that large companies have, they can’t throw hundreds of thousands of dollars at an IT Security solution. Yet these small companies often still have expensive IT systems that they depend on to keep their doors open, holding sensitive or confidential data about their clients and employees.
Introducing Security PLUS
Small and medium businesses have always been at the core of what we do at Seitel Systems, so it’s important to us to help our clients find a way to meet this need. That’s why we’re happy to introduce Security PLUS – an optional supplement to our SRP Server and SRP Workstation services that allows us to catch breaches as they happen and minimize the potential damage.
SRP (Security, Reliability, Performance) already helps us keep an eye on your systems remotely, letting us automatically apply security updates, catch any stray backups, and more. Security PLUS gives us even more visibility into your systems, including:
Real-time threat and intrusion detection
No matter how strong your proactive IT measures, the human element (opening the wrong e-mail attachment or visiting a compromised website) can render even the most robust systems vulnerable. Our Security PLUS tools add a new dimension to anti-virus/anti-malware software to detect breaches in real-time, preventing the damage from progressing deeper into your systems.
Security alert response by Seitel Systems’ local Service Desk
Breaches aren’t just about detection; a timely and educated alert response is critical to minimize the damage. Our trained Service Desk personnel respond quickly to alerts and triage the threat, and our powerful tools allow us to kill the attack at its entry point.
Post-breach forensic analysis tools
Attempting to respond to a security breach without a good forensic toolkit is like trying to follow someone through a dark jungle without a flashlight. You need to be able to see where they went and what they did… so you can understand the extent of the damage and the steps you need to take to fix it. Forensic tools make post-breach cleanup much more efficient, greatly reducing the cost of a security incident.
The bottom line, of course, is offering this at a price that is realistic for a small-business IT budget. We’re happy to offer this additional service for a low annual fee that makes it affordable for our SRP clients. Contact us to learn more.