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By Fred Thiergartner

As a business owner, your top priority is keeping costs low while still supporting growth. When your managed service provider recommends investing in a robust stack of cybersecurity software, it's natural to wonder whether we really need all those solutions.

Especially as a small company, you may think a fully fledged security stack is overkill, but the truth is that cybercriminals pose a threat to all organizations, regardless of size.

Sophisticated bots continuously scour the internet in search of vulnerable access points. If they detect an unprotected server or network, that system will become a target, whether it belongs to a Fortune 500 company or a small shop.

Size isn't the only misconception. Some business leaders assume digital defenses are only necessary if they have valuable intellectual property or sensitive client data.

However, even ordinary information can be attractive to hackers if pieced together. Publicly available details about your operations and infrastructure may help cybercriminals launch phishing scams or develop other attack strategies.

Additionally, small companies are appealing entry points for cybercriminals to infiltrate larger partners, vendors, and clients through existing connections.

Once inside your network, criminals can bring business to a standstill through ransomware, or steal credentials and financial records to exploit elsewhere. Each intrusion damages your reputation, no matter how well or poorly protected you believe yourself to be.

This is why security experts unanimously advise adopting a layered approach, just like the skins of an onion. Multiple overlapping safeguards work cooperatively to strengthen your defenses at every network perimeter.

By avoiding any single security solution, you create opportunities for hackers to penetrate unmonitored weaknesses quietly.

It's not that individual tools such as antivirus, firewalls, backups, or employee training are unnecessary on their own. Together, they form a comprehensive security plan, with each element supporting and reinforcing others.

No business owner wants to overspend or overcomplicate operations, but in our complex digital world, the small cost of proactive security far outweighs the tremendous financial and reputational damage of a preventable cyberattack.

Partnering with an experienced managed service provider takes the guesswork out of building and managing an effective, tailored security program. There's no need to risk your livelihood when help is just a phone call away.

Reach out today to discuss a free security assessment and strategy session. Let's make sure your small business is protected, without breaking the budget. Dial 513-275-9712 or EMAIL:Fred or Chris.