When it comes to security then the size of your organization doesn’t matter. The ugly truth is that all organizations are vulnerable, particularly small and medium businesses.
According to a survey by Avast, SMBs are a big part of the overall IT market and spending on IT products and services will grow from nearly $2.4 trillion in 2016 to more than $2.7 trillion in 2020. However, cybersecurity does not seem to play a big enough part of SMB IT budgets.
There are a wide variety of cybersecurity products and services available to minimize risk and resolve breaches and other issues and many of them are free and open source tools. Here are few small-business-friendly cybersecurity solutions to get you started.
When it comes to low-cost security solutions, you usually get what you pay for. If you own a small business, you may be wondering which options are best for you. Comodo offers free and affordable security tools and solutions include: Comodo One, the company’s free IT management platform that features Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM), Patch Management and Service Desk all in one place; Comodo Securebox to shield apps from malware-infected devices; and Comodo Advanced Endpoint to automatically prevent malware from entering networks. SMBs can also enjoy free antivirus, free and paid SSL certificates, free Internet security, mobile device management, firewall protection, security for POS systems and many other services.
Symantec offers a security package which fits the small business budget. From protecting your equipment to ensuring the privacy of your data, Symantec small business protection suite offers antivirus/antispyware, firewall and privacy protection; data-loss prevention, automated backups and fast disaster recovery; email scanning, data filtering to prevent data leaks and virtualization support.
ESET Business Security Pack
If you are looking for a single solution to cover all your bases then go for ESET Business Security Packs that offer the best of both worlds. With professional end-to-end security and flexibility, this package is ideal for small businesses. ESET lets you choose from a wide range of security bundles to protect your computers, mobile devices, USB drives, networks, and servers. For instance, the ESET Small Business Security Pack guards Windows and Mac computers, as well as iPhone and Android phones, file servers and email accounts. The company also offers custom solutions that allow you to build the perfect security tool for your business. You can choose by product type, company size, and industry. ESET all-in-one internet security protects: 10 endpoints, 5 smartphones/tablets, 1 file server and 15 mailboxes.
OSSEC is a free, open-source host-based intrusion detection system (HIDS). It performs log analysis, integrity checking, Windows registry monitoring, Toolkit detection, time-based alerting, and active response. It provides intrusion detection for most operating systems, including Linux, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, OS X, Solaris, and Windows. OSSEC has a centralized, cross-platform architecture allowing multiple systems to be easily monitored and managed.
OpenVAS is a framework of several services and tools offering a comprehensive and powerful vulnerability scanning and vulnerability management solution. It manages all aspects of a security vulnerability management system from web-based dashboards.