Starting Your Cybersecurity Journey: A Guide for Swiss SMBs

Jean-Marie Nievergelt

April 13, 2023

I’ve seen firsthand the devastating impact cyber-attacks can have on businesses. Cybersecurity is not just an IT issue – it’s a business issue. Swiss SMBs are increasingly becoming targets for cybercriminals, and it’s important to take action to protect your business.

But where do you start with cybersecurity? In this blog post, I’ll outline the key steps Swiss SMBs should take to start their cybersecurity journey.

Step 1: Conduct a risk assessment

The first step in any cybersecurity journey is to conduct a risk assessment. This will help you identify the vulnerabilities in your systems and processes and prioritise your cybersecurity efforts. Consider working with a cybersecurity professional to conduct a thorough assessment.

Step 2: Develop a cybersecurity plan

Once you’ve identified your risks, developing a cybersecurity plan is next. This should include policies and procedures to protect your data and systems and employee training to promote good cybersecurity practices. Your goal should also have a response plan in case of a cyber attack.

Step 3: Implement cybersecurity measures

With a plan in place, it’s time to implement cybersecurity measures. This may include installing antivirus software, using strong passwords, and regularly updating your software and systems. It’s also important to implement access controls to restrict who has access to sensitive data.

Step 4: Monitor and update your cybersecurity measures

Cybersecurity is an ongoing process, not a one-time event. It’s important to regularly monitor and update your cybersecurity measures to stay ahead of emerging threats. This may involve conducting regular security audits and penetration testing to identify vulnerabilities.

Step 5: Consider active cyber insurance

Despite your best efforts, a cyber attack is always risky. That’s where active cyber insurance can provide an additional layer of protection. Cyber insurance can provide data recovery, liability, and business interruption coverage, giving you peace of mind and protection against cyber attacks.

Starting your cybersecurity journey can be overwhelming, but it’s an essential step to protect your Swiss SMB from cyber threats. By following these steps and working with cybersecurity professionals, you can proactively protect your business and prevent cyber attacks.

Jean-Marie Nievergelt is the COO of Cyberion

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