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Is your business secure? We won’t sugar coat it: the answer is probably ‘no.’

Just look at the daily headlines—from banks to social networks to government agencies, security breaches are now a fact of life. What’s more is that those headlines only cover enterprises big enough to warrant national or even international attention. Small and medium-sized businesses, with far more limited resources, are arguably even more vulnerable to potentially devastating cyber attacks.

Forget the hacker wizards of Hollywood blockbusters, because most breaches are a lot less dramatic than that. Whether it’s phishing, ransomware or personal data leaks, these attacks typically adhere to the following parameters:

  • They exploit easily-overlooked vulnerabilities. The biggest vectors for cyberattacks are email and Microsoft 365, solutions everyone uses;
  • They rely on the human element. Attackers take advantage of our trust, habits, likes, forgetfulness and inattention;
  • They happen because we tend to think of security as a single set-it-and-forget it solution. We assign access and privileges and never revise the established structure.

These days, security challenges are keeping more and more business owners and their IT staff awake at night, and with good reason. Unfortunately, more business owners still are not paying enough attention. Security is special and essential. With most remedies being reactive rather than proactive, it can feel like we’re playing catch-up with cyber criminals who are always one step ahead.

Add to that the current work-from home-shift and security truly becomes a top of mind priority. It is now more important than ever to think about how you can keep your employees and business secure while working from various locations outside the office.

However, with so many different security solutions available out there, it can be tough to know which ones are the right fit for your business. Furthermore, how do you know if you’re using said solutions correctly, or taking the right measures to protect your business?

First and foremost, you need to take stock your current security posture. Have you been asking the right questions? Do you know why you’re asking particular questions? Are you even asking questions? If not, you definitely should be. The simplest way to approach this is with a comprehensive security assessment.

Sherweb’s Security Foundation Assessment

Security Foundation Assessment

Our Security Foundation Assessment is a free 15-question tool that will gauge your current security environment and see if there’s room for improvement. The assessment has been carefully designed to be quick but still thorough enough to get a global view of an organization’s security posture. Even better, you can use this tool for your own business, or to assess how clients are performing.

Sherweb experts crafted the Security Foundation Assessment to ask the right questions, covering five critical identified by the NIST Cybersecurity Framework: Identify, Detect, Protect, Respond, and Recover. The assessment’s questions are also based on what CIS Controls 7.1—recognized industry standard best-practice guidelines for security—consider essential for keeping businesses safe.

Security Foundation Assessment report example

Available online, the security assessment provides a detailed report on your organization’s security posture based on your responses to the questionnaire. When you receive your full report, you also get the option of booking a call with a Sherweb expert to review your results and discuss any measures that require immediate action. This consultation can also recommend additional security solutions to consider, as well as guidance for their deployment.

A fillable PDF version of the assessment is also available, however it’s important to note that this iteration only offers a general overview of your current cybersecurity.

Utilizing insights from your assessment report, you’ll be able to optimize your operations and better safeguard your business against harmful attacks, all with fewer headaches and less guesswork. Depending on your business model, you can also leverage the Security Foundation Assessment to help protect clients or recommend solutions to reduce their vulnerability.

The Security Foundation Assessment is just one of the value-added services Sherweb offers for security, possibly the most complex aspect of modern IT. Lean on an experienced partner with a proven track record, and let us work with you and see which solutions are the right fit for your business. Become a partner to get started.

Written by The Sherweb Team Collaborators @ Sherweb