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I’m sure you’ve heard it all before: exploitation, fraud, companies brought to their knees by a threat they didn’t anticipate. In today’s ever-changing digital landscape, hoping that ill-intentioned parties will stay away from your business isn't enough. You need to protect your business from cyber threats. You need cybersecurity for your business. Security will manage and respond to the risks in order to mitigate the potential for damage.

However, most business owners won't invest in strengthening their security until they've experienced a security breach or seen others walk the difficult road of recovering from one. Cyber attacks happen, and they happen often. Here at Delap, we hear similar themes in the stories of clients, coworkers, family, and friends who have dealt with a cyber attack:

“I felt vulnerable…”
“I wish I had realized the threat before being attacked…”
“I would warn that it's worth investing in security…”

When you hear these stories, it’s heartbreaking to know what victims are going through and to see them try to pick up the pieces of what they’ve lost. That’s why our hope is to make sure you’ll never have to do that alone. You’ll have the resources, relationships, and confidence to face these untimely challenges with an ally who cares about your business.

At Delap, we partner with you to provide everything required to manage and respond to your unique security needs that evolve alongside your business. One of the questions we often receive about cybersecurity is, “Where do I even begin?"

Cybersecurity for your business begins right here, by asking yourself these three questions:

1. Assess: What are you protecting?

Businesses not only protect data, but people as well: from clients and staff to the community and industry at-large. Think about the data stored at your company and the people connected to your business. What would happen if your system was hacked or sensitive information was leaked?

Our interconnected lives have been brought closer together through technology, and thus entire communities become increasingly at risk in the event of a security incident. Data breaches have lasting consequences for a company's reputation and outlook—consequences that can be felt for decades if not dealt with properly.

Complacency is not the answer! As a business owner, it's your job to protect your data, your people, and your reputation. When you know what's at stake, you know you need to act.

2. Reach Out: Who can you contact?

If you find yourself with a difficult problem, it can feel hopeless and isolating trying to solve it on your own. Cybersecurity is no different: Who are you going to call when you experience a cyber attack?

Building a relationship with a managed security services provider like Delap affords you the peace of mind to know you will never face these issues alone. Instead of panic, you can focus on running your business and know that we've got your back. As your business grows, so will your security needs, and we'll continue to walk side by side with you to meet them.

3. Plan: How do you react?

If you've been affected by a security incident, you likely know that prevention is the key to minimizing the chance of experiencing another. Planning must take place in order to effectively prevent and counteract threats in real time with minimal loss to productivity. Response alone is not enough. There are too many cyber threats posed to businesses today, and the decisions we make now will vastly alter how we'll react to future threats.

The tools and training that Delap provides businesses with can be invaluable in strengthening your cybersecurity defenses. Implementing standards such as requiring strong passwords and not reusing them can limit the spread of an attack. Using online training tools to practice detecting fraudulent emails is another way to work toward limiting your susceptibility to cyber attacks. Security done right is a team effort that is truly realized by having a posture of preparation and response.

When you know what's at stake, who to contact, and how to react when the need arises, it's ultimately empowering to be able to focus on what matters most. At Delap, we want to help you do that and leverage the strengths our team, training, and equipment have to offer, in order to best serve you. With scalable solutions, we put our relationship with you and your organization’s needs first and work together to solve the issues that can keep you from confidently moving forward. We're all in on making cybersecurity for your business a priority, and we’d love to hear how we can make that happen for you.

Delap Offers Cybersecurity for Your Business

For over 25 years, Delap has provided cybersecurity expertise to organizations across the world, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 corporations. We leverage our collective experience to craft a comprehensive service with the goal of significantly reducing your company’s risk of attack or breach.

Delap provides cybersecurity consulting, managed IT services, forensic investigations, and breach response to businesses throughout the United States. Our solutions are designed to provide peace of mind by implementing multiple layers of controls through specifically selected, implemented, managed, and monitored tools by security professionals.

You’ve spent your life building your business, let us help you protect it. Reach out to our team to learn more.

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