Can your Business Afford to NOT be Secure?

Between PoPIA, global hacks and an abundant use of the term “ransomware”, it seems like Cyber Security is the talk of the town.

Let’s face it though, it’s for good reason, as a seemingly endless space of Cyber Crimes has led to numerous Data Breaches, the compromisation of personal information on an international scale and, with the implementation of new privacy laws, a unanimous fear of the worst case scenario.

Admittedly, it all seems a bit doom and gloom, but you’ll be pleased to know that Cyber Security is not just an empty, pie-in-the-sky promise of a brighter business future and protection for those who can afford it. In fact, many brands make the mistake of thinking “it won’t happen to me” – it can, and, if you’re not careful, there’s a high chance it will.

The good news is that it's not exclusive to said industry monoliths. Instead, it’s feasible, attainable, affordable and, given the all too legitimate reality of potential attacks, crucial.

First things first, however – how does Cyber Security interlink with my FTTB?

It’s easy to think the two are unrelated as, at first glance, they’re completely different products operating in separate hemispheres. However, they’re more intertwined than you may expect, with Cyber Security becoming a fundamental component of maintaining your brand safety while still enjoying optimum Fibre to your Business.

First off, Fibre on its own is vastly superior in terms of safety and overall security. Not only is it less prone to theft or interception, but the high speeds involved allow for minimal interference and easier preventative action should a breach occur.

With Vox Business Fibre, not only can your Data safely be stored in our Cloud facilities, but you have access to the fastest, most reliable means of transmitting your information. Combine this with our numerous Security based offerings (such as Firewalls, AntiVirus, Patch Management and Backup) and not only is your organisation safeguarded against threats, but also backed up with the necessary support to minimise any damage incurred.

That’s great, but what does this mean for my business?

Well, the average cost of a Cyber Breach has risen from around R3million pre-Covid to around R4 million for any SME unfortunate enough to be impacted by it. Compare this to the minimal monthly costs of maintaining a security strategy which prevents said breaches, and the reward far outweighs the potential risk.

It’s not some tale of woe from a distant land either, as South Africa is the 3rd most targeted country in the world when it comes to Cyber-attacks. And, if you’re thinking “my company is too small for anyone to worry about”, we’re sorry to break it to you but SME’s are actually the perfect target, as their lack of adequate security measures makes them significantly easier targets than huge corporations with high-end protection.

Hopefully you’re not running around waving your hands in panic by now, because we’re here to tell you that, despite all the above, there’s still a ray of hope.

In fact, with the correct solutions and proper training, you can reduce your risk by up to 95% (fun fact: 95% of security breaches are the result of human error – so a little training can mitigate a large portion of the risks involved).

With Vox and our best-in-class Cyber Security Solutions, we’re making your organisational safety easily accessible to all Vox Fibre customers. These solutions are tailor-made to ensure your business enjoys the best protection available, in doing so protecting your business, your Data and your important customer information.

Better yet? Our solutions aren’t limited to high-end businesses with a massive staff component either, as they can cater for the SME with 20 or less users as well as the 40 plus range accordingly. The best part? Your security budget isn’t tearing your ceiling a new one – as they start as low as R3 436.00pm.

At the end of the day, a small monthly outlay is nowhere near the potential costs incurred by a Security Breach. Factor in that the new POPIA regulations present the threat of further fines (or even jail-time) for any organisation deemed to be negligent with their customer information, and the decision to take the matter as seriously as possible is a no-brainer.

The sad reality is that we live in a world full of threats – both in the real world and, unfortunately, the digital one as well. Just as your business wouldn’t leave its office unlocked and invite thieves to help themselves, your virtual security needs to be guarded under lock and key. Well, with Vox Cyber Security Solutions, you won’t just have a lock and key, but rather a padded cell, armed guard and machine-gun wearing Pitbull to boot.

About Author:
Suhail Dinat
Suhail Dinat

In Westville, Durban, born and raised, behind a book was where he spent most of his days. This Senior Content writer is equal parts creative, writer, conceptualiser and idea generator. With an agency background and having worked for several major...