For larger companies, an investment in data security and the ongoing management of policies and procedures around data usage may seem like a no-brainer. For small businesses, it may seem like an unnecessary expense. At Tech Orchard, we often hear small business owners imply that they “fly under the radar” of hackers and cyber criminals because of their company size. Unfortunately, recent data proves otherwise.

According to cybersecurity company Malwarebytes, ransomware affected nearly one-third of small business operations last year. Furthermore, the Second Annual State of Ransomware Report published in July states that one in five small businesses hit was forced to shut down immediately, making it clear that no business, regardless of size, is immune to cyber risks.

The research, conducted by Osterman Research, Inc., included companies in North America, Europe, Australia and Singapore. It indicates that email attacks that take advantage of common human errors are the most common style for U.S.-based attacks. The frequency of infected email links found is a reminder for businesses to protect the devices on which employees receive and open emails. This can be reiterated through comprehensive mobile device usage policies and procedures reminding employees to avoid clicking on suspicious links and to report such emails to IT.

While many companies are aware of the potential for ransomware attacks and the effect they might have, most don’t know how to prepare for or respond to such an event. Though the report underscored the importance of security as a small business priority, it also highlighted the lack of knowledge small businesses have about the resources available to them for fighting a potential malware attack.

Given that a company’s ability to deal with a malware attack can significantly lower its direct impact, incorporating specific software, policies and procedures in advance can be invaluable — and surprisingly affordable. Programs such as AirWatch Express from VMware bring tailored enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions to small- and medium-sized businesses without breaking the budget.

Designed for smaller-scale enterprises with limited IT departments, AirWatch Express offers customizable cybersecurity at a reasonable price. It affords users the ability to wipe and lock devices remotely, among other features, which can help combat a spreading attack and limit the number of devices impacted. For just $30 per device per year, this intuitive technology protects iOS, macOS, Android and Windows 10 devices.

For businesses looking for more robust security customized to their unique needs, VMware AirWatch stands out in its ability to deliver in an innovative and growing marketplace. VMware ranked at the top of the Leaders quadrant of Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for EMM thanks in large part to its completeness and ease of use. To discuss what makes the most sense for your organization, contact our team of AirWatch experts.