What can small to medium size companies do to become more secure against cyber threats in Sri Lanka?

Here are some things that small to medium sized companies in Sri Lanka who have little experience in cybersecurity can do to start becoming more cyber safe:

  1. Educate yourself and your employees. The first step is to learn more about cybersecurity and the threats that your company faces. There are many resources available online and from government agencies, however look at what applies to your business context. You should also train your employees on cybersecurity best practices, such as creating strong passwords, avoiding phishing attacks, and reporting suspicious activity to the right people.
  2. Conduct a risk assessment. This will help you to identify your company's most valuable assets and the biggest threats to those assets. Once you have identified your risks, you can develop a plan to reduce them.
  3. Implement basic security measures. There are a number of basic security measures that all companies should implement, such as:
    • Using a firewall to protect your network from unauthorized access.
    • Installing antivirus and antimalware software on all computers and devices.
    • Keeping your software up to date with the latest security patches.
    • Using strong passwords and multi-factor authentication for all accounts.
    • Backing up your data regularly.
  4. Consider hiring a cybersecurity consultant or MSP. If you have the resources, hiring a cybersecurity consultant or managed service provider is a great and fast way to get help with your cybersecurity needs. They can help you to develop a security policy and plan, train your staff, help implement security measures, and even monitor your network for threats via tools.

Here are some additional tips for small businesses with no experience in cybersecurity:

  • Start small. Don't try to do everything at once. Focus on the most important things first, such as educating yourself and your employees, and implementing basic security measures.
  • Get help. Don't be afraid to ask for help. There are many resources available to help small businesses with cybersecurity. You can find information and assistance from government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private companies. Much of these topics may be new to you and your company. Asking for help from experienced professionals is a good way to get the knowledge and support you need to become more cybersafe! A good idea is to start with an awareness session first to kick off a cyber culture at your company.

By following these tips, small businesses can start to become more secure and protect themselves from cyber threats.

As specialists in helping firms of all sizes become familiar and adopt cybersecurity best practices Cybersafe is able to help should you require assistance. We can provide cybersecurity awareness training for your board, middle management or staff to commence your cybersecure journey. Please contact us at Cybersafe by filling out the contact form.

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