As businesses all around the world (LLC and otherwise) have come to entrust their most precious data to technology, cybersecurity has emerged as one of their biggest concerns. Of course, this anxiety is justified, especially considering the devastating potential and seemingly limitless reach of these cyber attacks.
Unfortunately, there are even more formidable threats on the horizon. And while you might assume that the largest corporations face the gravest danger, it’s just as critical that small businesses like yours take precautions.
Although large companies may deal with more data, they also have more resources to devote to cybersecurity. In fact, hackers might see small companies to be easier marks, since they’re more likely to be vulnerable to a cyberattack.
Thankfully, you don’t have to just sit around and wait for a disaster to strike. You can incorporate security software into your business plan — these sophisticated systems may prevent you from facing the hardship of a data breach. Here are some of the most popular and effective tools to consider.
We all know how critical a role the cloud plays in data management these days — that’s precisely the space where Avast’s Business Antivirus Pro Plus works. Gathering intel from an extensive network of 400 million endpoints, this is one of the most powerful security software systems on the market. With this single tool on your side, you can maximize your likelihood of stopping a cyberattack or data breach before it happens, or even eliminate vulnerabilities you may already have in your system.
Because it is designed for small businesses, its reach is limited to a maximum of four devices. But if you're small enough, Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus can keep you covered on just about every front, from suspicious messages to common cyberattacks. The system will even ensure your applications stay updated with all necessary security patches.
BitDefender’s marquee business security solution has a lot more than a cool name going for it. In fact, GravityZone Business Security handles nearly all the major forms of cyber threats out there, including malware, phishing and zero-day exploits. If you want to get a handle on access controls, the system allows you to customize who can access what sites and applications within your network.
GravityZone Business Security also monitors your network, employing complex artificial intelligence to identify problems before they affect your infrastructure. The idea is to empower you with the knowledge and ability to prevent any actions by cybercriminals looking to exploit your business.
Chances are, you’ve probably had McAfee installed on one of your personal computers before — so you already know why it’s often recommended as one of the finest security software companies out there.
McAfee's Endpoint Security is the company's offering best suited for small businesses. It includes a built-in firewall and antivirus protection, as well as machine learning to identify potentially hazardous code. You can also preset the system to block specific behaviors that typically indicate the presence of malware. This is one software system that is scaleable alongside your business, giving it long-term viability as you grow.
Formerly known as Norton Security Standard, this upgraded edition offers a slew of brand-new features, including 10 gigabytes of cloud backup, a built-in password management tool, a secure virtual private network (VPN) and LifeLock’s Dark Web Monitoring. For business owners looking to really head off cyberattacks before they ever begin, this is certainly a wise choice. Even before its rebranding, Norton Security Standard proved itself the go-to product to secure your device without indulging in more complicated features.
If your needs involve security software for an entire network, be aware that this particular Norton product only secures a single device — you’ll need additional licenses if you have multiple computers you use for your business. For what it is targeted to handle, though, Norton’s suite of security software remains one of the most recognizable in its field for good reason.
For most companies, Norton 360 Standard should be sufficient to provide solid protection, but if you’re hoping to take your security that extra mile, you can always choose to go with another Symantec product: Endpoint Protection. Currently on its 14th version, this tool guards against everything from malware to ransomware using more than 175 million endpoints worldwide.
Rather than simply shutting down cybercriminals, Endpoint Protection will monitor and document their actions before intervening to put an end to it, allowing the software to intuitively improve its ability to combat future offenders. The system is also available for a free trial, and includes many other features that can have game-changing effects on your productivity. Best of all, Endpoint Protection is tailored specifically with small businesses in mind, providing the tools you need without the fluff you don’t.
Safe and Sound
It may take a bit of experimenting to decide which of the above security software systems best fits your needs — make sure to utilize any free trial offers available before you sign up for a paid plan. After all the time and money you’ve invested in your company, it’s worth a bit of extra effort to keep your data out of the wrong hands. At the very least, you owe that peace of mind to your customers, who are trusting you to keep their information safe as well.
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Robert Yaniz Jr.
Robert Yaniz Jr. has been a professional writer since 2004, including print and online publications. Much of his experience centers on the business world, including work for a major regional business newspaper and a global law firm