Canadian Government Offers Cybersecurity Guidance for SMBs

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The Canadian government is now making offers to some Small and medium businesses a guidance to their personal cybersecurity / Photo by: Max Pixel


In this highly digital world, businesses are already realizing that automation is the future and that there’s no going back to the old ways. But what about businesses that don’t have the funds to invest in the amount of data heavy-lifting that bigger businesses can afford? As it is, they will never be able to compete. This is why the Canadian government has decided to offer assistance to small- and medium-sized companies who are planning to invest in cybersecurity.

IT World Canada poses this question first: “If they [SMBs] can’t afford full-time infosec experts to effectively defend themselves, what and how much can they afford?”

Because it’s still in its relative infancy, investing in cybersecurity can be pretty expensive, so the Canadian government has issued a guide for these businesses to keep up with the cybersecurity that all companies and businesses will eventually need.

Through the Canadian Center for Cyber Security, Canada has offered the “Baseline Cyber Security Controls for Small and Medium Businesses” as a way to help SMBs have the necessary tool to secure their data in a more cost-effective way.

“We understand that not every organization can implement every control,” says the guide. “If the majority of Canadian organizations implement these controls, however, Canada will be more resilient and cyber-secure.”

According to Colin Belcourt, the Center’s director of standards, architecture, and risk mitigation, the guide is seen as a way to “break down the daunting task” of successfully alleviating cybersecurity risks.
Furthermore, the guide also offered suggestions like considering “automating the installation of software updates as a time-saver instead of testing each patch before installation.”
That sounds like a risk, but in this day and age, the threat to cybersecurity is inevitably going to be part of every small and medium businesses’ consideration. The article further states, though, that even if this is the case, “most SMBs should consider accepting the risks of patching by default.”