Protecting your small to medium sized business (SMB) from cyber attacks is essential to keep your data and assets safe. Cyber attacks continue to evolve, so it’s crucial for SMBs to take steps to protect their valuable data and assets.

Implement A Proactive Cybersecurity Program

One way to start is by implementing a proactive cybersecurity program that includes raising awareness among employees and educating them about the risks and mitigation steps. It’s also important to use security software and hardware, such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and virtual private networks (VPNs), to help protect against cyber attacks. Additionally, small businesses should have a system in place to back up critical data regularly and should make sure it’s accessible off-site. 

My PC came with anti-virus – isn’t that enough?

No – Many SMBs think that having an anti-virus program installed on a PC is enough. Unfortunately, these systems may not always be up-to-date and are still vulnerable to “zero day” attacks. Enhanced protection comes from new systems called Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR).

While both types of solutions aim to protect your organization from cyber threats, there are some key differences between them. Here are some differences to help you understand which solution may be best for your organization.

Key Differences Between Anti-Virus and EDR Systems

Anti-virus solutions are designed to detect and prevent known threats such as viruses, Trojans, and worms. They typically use signature-based detection, which means that they compare the code of a file to a database of known threats to identify and block them. Anti-virus solutions also often include heuristic analysis, which allows them to detect new threats based on behavioral patterns that may indicate malicious intent. Some anti-virus solutions may also include features such as firewall protection, email filtering, and web filtering.

EDR solutions are designed to detect and respond to advanced threats that may evade traditional anti-virus solutions. They typically use behavior-based detection, which means that they monitor the activity of endpoints (such as laptops, desktops, and servers) for suspicious behavior that may indicate a threat. EDR solutions also often include features such as threat hunting, incident response, and forensics capabilities, which allow organizations to investigate and remediate threats that are detected.

Cybersecurity Options

While both anti-virus and EDR solutions aim to protect your organization from cyber threats, there are some key differences between them. Anti-virus solutions use signature-based detection, while EDR solutions use behavior-based detection. Anti-virus solutions focus on known threats, while EDR solutions focus on advanced and unknown threats. Anti-virus solutions typically have limited remediation capabilities, while EDR solutions offer advanced capabilities such as threat hunting, incident response, and forensics.

By following these practical steps and other best practices, you can help protect your SMB from cyber attacks and safeguard your data and assets.

At BMA Enterprises, we understand the unique needs of small businesses when it comes to cybersecurity. We offer training options to help employees prevent attacks and can provide solutions to help protect your business from cyber threats. Our team is dedicated to helping small businesses safeguard their valuable data and assets, so you can have peace of mind and focus on growing your business. 


Cybersecurity – We’re Here To Help

Cybersecurity can be confusing and is critical to protecting your business.  BMA Enterprises, can help you maximize your business’s technology and stay competitive in today’s fast-paced digital age. If you’re considering partnering with an MSP, be sure to choose a reputable provider that can meet your specific business needs. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you grow your business.


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