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Information Security Services for
Small Businesses – Jacksonville, FL

The best way to prevent cyber-attacks from rendering your business operations is to stop them before they happen. At BrightLink Technology, we are always one step ahead when it comes to the best information security practices for small businesses. We provide a range of cybersecurity services designed to help businesses protect their most sensitive data and critical assets from advanced threats.

At BrightLink, we understand that information security is not one size fits all. Our team of experienced tech professionals will work closely with each client to understand their unique needs and risks. We will then provide customized information security solutions to address each business’ unique challenges to help each of our clients stay ahead of evolving cyber threats.


Why Does My Organization Need Information Security?

Think cybersecurity is a corporate problem and not an issue for small businesses in places like Jacksonville? Think again! In today’s data-driven world, cyberthreats continue to expand and small businesses are a favorite target accounting for 43% of all attacks. Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks for a number of reasons, including:

  • Keeping customers’ sensitive information that could be used for data theft
  • Storing customers’ payment information
  • Processing financial transactions
  • Obtaining valuable intellectual property

Unfortunately for smaller companies, a successful cyberattack can be just what it takes to put them out of business altogether. This is because many small businesses are under the impression that they only need minimal protection given their company’s size. However, with the volume of security breaches increasing by the day, this type of thinking could put your small business at great risk.

At BrightLink, we know that cybersecurity is a critical component of every business, no matter the size or industry. That is why we provide our clients with premier information security services that will not only protect their business, but also help maintain their competitive edge.


Information Security FAQs for Small Businesses

  1. Is cybersecurity training necessary for my employees?

Human error is involved in more than 90% of security breaches. That is why providing new and existing employees with routine cybersecurity awareness training is an important step in protecting your organization from cyberattacks. Security awareness and other types of training is also a great way to empower your employees and give them the tools to play their part in your cybersecurity strategy. By setting aside the time to provide security awareness training you will also be reducing the risk of harmful cyber incidents.

  1. How much should my business spend on information security?

The answer to this question will vary from business to business. Your industry, unique requirements, size, risk, and overall expectations are all factors that may weigh in on determining the best information security plan for your business. It is also important to remember that it is typically less expensive to prevent a cyberattack than it is to recover from one. With that being said, you can rest assured knowing that an investment in professional information security services will pay off in the long run.

  1. What should I do if I suspect a cyberattack?

It is essential for all businesses to have a disaster recovery plan in place in case of unexpected cyberattacks. However, if you are unsure about what to do in the midst of a cyberattack, it is always recommended to reach out to your IT provider in a timely manner to save your business money and its reputation.

Our Information Technology
Security Services Include:

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Vulnerability & Threat Risk Assessments

  • Network, Hardware, Software, Apps, Sockets, Layers/Transport
  • Compliance Gap Analysis


Threat Prevention

  • Firewall Installation, Configuration & Optimization
  • Email Filtering and Anti-Malware Defenses & Countermeasures
  • Antivirus Installation
  • Encryption of Hard Disks, Files and Devices
  • Secure Internal & External Access Controls
  • Management of Passwords & Authentication Credentials

Remediation Plans

  • Security Policy Review and Development
  • Security and Compliance Best Practice Staff Training


Data Backup Automation, Scheduling & Data Recovery Services

Facts About Cybersecurity Threats to SMBs

Over the past two decades, the risks of malicious cyber-attacks on small and medium businesses has exploded. Yet, according to a cybersecurity report by Florida’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), 87% of small business owners do not regard their business as at risk for cyberattack. Nothing is further from the truth. Consider these small business cybersecurity statistics:

  • SMBs accounted for 43% of all cyberattacks.

               Source: Verizon 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report

  • Small Business Cyberattacks were up 424% in 2018.

              Source: 4iQ Identity Breach Report

  •  In 2018, cybercriminals sent 430 million new types of malware software out into the world.

               Source: How to Protect Your Small Business from Cyberattacks

  •  The average cost of a cyber attack on an SMB including ransom, data lost, downtime, compliance fees and legal expenses is almost $3 Million per incident.

               Source: Ponemon 2018 State of Cybersecurity in Small & Medium Businesses.

  • 65% of SMBs that have a password policy do not strictly enforce it.

               Source: Business news Daily 2016 State of SMB Cybersecurity

  • 83% of SMBs say they lack the funds to deal with the repercussions of a potential cyberattack.

               Source: InsuranceBee Cybercrime Survey

  • 55% of SMBs cite resources and knowledge as barriers to cybersecurity planning.

               Source: BBB 2017 State of Cybersecurity Planning

What Are The Most Common
Cybersecurity Threats to SMBs?

Cyberattacks come in numerous forms, from many different places and for all kinds of reasons. Many cyberattacks are for money, others for control and many are just for “fun”. They can be personal are impersonal. Perpetrators can include large international crime rings, individual hackers, business competitors, disgruntled employees or even company insiders with grudge. Their only commonality: they are malicious actors with bad intent and there are a lot of ways they can harm you. This includes exploiting both technical security vulnerabilities (hardware and software systems) or procedural vulnerabilities (lax corporate policies surrounding email, passwords or access to information).

The most common cybersecurity threats include:

Malware: Malicious software written for the purpose of incapacitating or damaging computer systems.

  • Ransomware – A malware tool that encrypts or locks up a victim’s files while displaying a message with demands to recover data. An easy, reliable method of attack for big returns.
  • Botnets – A network of robots. This malware typically seizes control of a victim’s computer, while synching it to a larger network of computers. The attackers then use the network to carry out large scale Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks that overwhelm the systems of targeted victims.
  • DDOS Attacks – Carried out via a botnet, this kind of attack utilizes multiple computers all at once to attack another targeted computer or system.
  • Sabotage – Any deliberate malicious act that can include deleting files, erasing systems, etc.

Phishing: A “Social Engineering” attack wherein attackers will try to trick their victims into doing something like opening an email that injects malware into their computers or providing the attacker with sensitive information. Phishing attacks are prolific today because they exploit human gullibility.

  • Spoofing – A popular form of phishing where an attacker pretends to be another trusted person or company to get the information or access they desire from their victims. This included Business Email Compromise (BEC).

Internet of Things (IOT) Attacks – The Internet of Things refers to interconnected electronic devices of all kinds through the Internet- think smart phones, smart TVs, home security systems, automobiles and more. Attackers gain access to and control of these systems via unchanged hard-coded vendor passwords, phishing attacks and other kinds of network access compromises.

Application Attacks – Application software includes programs on your computer used in facilitating spreadsheets, word processing, timesheets, project management tracking, web browsing and much more. Applications (particularly customer accessible web apps) can be compromised via technical and procedural attacks, allowing malicious actors to steal data, credentials and run malicious scripts.


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