As a small business owner, you’re always watching your margins. This means cutting costs with a chainsaw one day and a scalpel the next. But you always want to avoid putting your business at catastrophic risk.
But how do you balance cost-cutting and risk when it comes to cybersecurity?
NextPoint IT has advocated for paying professional IT companies to monitor and maintain your SMB’s security. Honest IT providers are experts who keep up on industry trends, which is critical with the always evolving world of cybersecurity. An IT provider gives you the peace of mind knowing that your small business is well-protected against cyberattacks.
But you may be bootstrapping your business, and you can’t really afford another monthly expense. Maybe it's just you and a few other people? In these situations, NextPoint IT would recommend using Windows Defender on your small business’s computers.
Windows Defender has been rated as a top anti-virus and firewall program by independent test labs for a while now. And it comes free with all Windows 10 computers. Just enter “security” in the Windows search bar, and you’ll be able to open and use it.
The biggest issue with Windows Defender is that you can’t monitor your small business’s security protection from a central dashboard. You must look at scans on each system or rely on employees to report threats. It’s why using an IT provider to monitor things remains the best solution once you begin scaling to 10 or more employees. But Windows Defender is an excellent free solution for smaller businesses that will provide some peace of mind for free.
If you’d like a free consultation or have some questions, NextPoint IT would love to grab coffee with you if you’re in the Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers, or Westfield, Indiana region.