To prevent any risk of a security breach, it is always a good idea to conduct a periodic risk assessment. A risk assessment will help identify the areas where your company is most susceptible to an attack from a hacker or thief. The fall-out from a security breach is enough to shutdown any business, but has the greatest impact on small businesses. In the event of a security breach a business could be hit with fines, additional compliance requirements, as well as bad publicity, any of which could be enough to force a business to close its doors and be out-of-business. Making security a priority and routinely assessing your security posture can protect your company against potential threats and reduce its risk exposure.