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Small businesses sometimes have issues which result in a thinking that they should monitor what employees are doing. These issues may be well founded or not in some cases, but the fact remains that there is often a need to monitor what is happening on the network. In this Blog we look at the right approach to network monitoring.
No one expects anything bad to happen to them, and for the most part most businesses survive without anything happening to them. But if something happened to your business, would you know who to call. Most small businesses do not have any planning in place (called Business Continuity Management and Disaster Recover) but not only that, they don't even have a list of names and services that they would need to call when something does go wrong. This means that they start from scratch, and they pay out emergency rates for all services, rather than pre-negotiated rates.
For a majority of small businesses, security policies will make a big difference when something goes wrong. Security policies can not only set the intentions for strategic thinking but all expected behaviour, how to handle certain incidents, etc. In some respects they may end up being as much for all other stakeholder groups as for the business, including, employees, directors, customers, regulators, investors, etc. So, it is not only important to have them, but to ensure that you have good coverage for your business.
There are many ways a small businesses can get malware, even though compared to a few years ago when it was it was very likely to get malware through removable media. Today, it's most likely mainly through email, a website or a installing a piece of software.