If you follow any business news, cybersecurity risks are top of the news ticker. Breaches happen daily all over the country. Chances are you will be targeted by cyber criminals if you haven't already. But, how do you know if you know you've been hacked? By the time you realize that your systems may have been compromised, the attacker has likely already taken most or all of your data and information.
Some of the most common and damaging Internet-enabled crimes begin with an employee clicking a link in an email that appears to be from a colleague, following the instructions in a message that looks like it came from a supervisor, or opening an account link or invoice that seems to be from a trusted vendor. These routine actions can be what exposes a computer, and ultimately an entire network to ransomware attack, data breach or other crimes. Internet-enabled crimes and cyber intrusions are becoming increasingly sophisticated and preventing them requires all users connected devices to be aware and on guard.
It's no secret that implementing a solid business continuity and disaster recovery plan, also referred to as BCDR, is essential for your business. After all, why would anyone in your esteemed position ever put a business at risk to downtime or data loss when prevention is so easy?
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) have become common targets—as well as launch pads for bigger attacks with large payoffs. Cybercriminals see these businesses as potentially easier to breach. They are perceived as having less-sophisticated security infrastructure and practices than their larger counterparts, and may not have enough trained people on hand to manage and respond to threats.
Has reality finally caught up with SMBs? The answer seems to be yes, as many are prioritizing cybersecurity and planning to invest more in protecting their organization.
Where does your business stand on the spectrum of protecting your company? Check out our infographic How SMB"S are Dealing with Cybersecurity Threats in 2019
Simply put, the size of an organization doesn't matter; cybercriminals want data. While most assume the large companies are a better target for criminals, new studies suggest small to medium buisnesses offer a targeting advantage. Small businesses are targeted because they often don’t have measures, so thieves can evade detection. The same is true of the virtual world too. Unfortunately for small business, the consequences of compromise can be severe because they are less able to cope with the cost and damage.