Over the past few years, instances of cyberthreats have increased at an alarming rate, and they don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Awareness around cyber security has certainly improved over the past year, with 8 in 10 Australians stating that they are somewhat concerned about hacking that involves their personal information, financial institutions, government agencies or certain utilities. But while awareness has increased, so have the rates of cyber-attacks.

Last year, people had more data breaches from January to October 2021 than in all of 2020. As we continue through 2022, there’s no reason to assume this year will be any different. In order to ensure that your firm or business is protected this year and every year after, you should take the proper precautions regarding cyber security. If your business falls prey to a cyber-attack, you risk tarnishing your reputation and will have clients or customers questioning whether it’s safe to do business with you.

Below are a couple of the best cyber security practices you can put in place to fully prepare for cyber-attacks and threats.


Small and mid-size businesses have seen an increase in cyber-attacks since 2018, but larger corporations are no exception for hackers. The NBA, Kia Motors and the Colonial Pipeline are just a few examples of big businesses that fell victim to cyber-attacks last year. No matter if your professional services firm or business is big or small, hiring a cyber security specialist MSP is the most affordable and best way to protect you, your reputation, your family’s livelihood, and your professional services firm or business.

Cyber security specialist MSPs are designed to identify and resolve any weak points in your IT infrastructure. Cyber security specialist MSPs are focused on being proactive and will also focus on IT support and advanced cyber security. You’ll get around-the-clock monitoring, data encryption and backup, network and firewall protection, security awareness training and so much more. With MSPs, you get a team of dedicated IT professionals who are available to assist with any tech dilemmas that may arise. It’s the quickest and most cost-efficient way to fully protect you, your family’s livelihood, your reputation, and your professional services firm or business.


If your employees have not been trained to be cyber-secure, they need to be trained on this subject immediately. Security should also be built into the devices they use to access firm or company data. This becomes even more important if your employees are working remotely. Multifactor identification and ensuring that your employees create complex and non-repetitive passwords go a long way toward keeping your professional services firm or business protected.

Educate your employees about the most common forms of cyber-attacks. They should be aware of phishing e-mails and texts and should be taught to never open any links if they don’t know who the sender is. Hackers have also started to frequent social media, and they often target small businesses through various platforms. Make sure your employees aren’t clicking on any social media spam links that could put your network at risk. Lastly, make sure they aren’t accidentally downloading any malware that could create disastrous outcomes for your firm or company.

A cyber-attack can have cataclysmic effects on a professional services firm or small business, and every equity principal, partner, director or business owner needs to make sure their system is protected. If you don’t know where to start, give us a call and we will find a way to help you make your firm as cyber-protected as possible.