Your Small Business Is Not Too Small To Be A Target
When the news covers a data breach, more often than not, they’re focusing on the big fish. You’ve probably heard about all the major cybercrime events of the past few years:
- This year, Capital One was penetrated, and the personal information included in credit card applications of 100 million Americans and up to 6 million Canadians was leaked.
- Food delivery service DoorDash announced late last month that their systems had been breached by hackers, affecting close to 5 million customers’, drivers’ and merchants’ data.
- In late 2013 Target was hit with a major credit card fraud malware attack when hackers gained access to their network through the corporation’s HVAC vendor Fazio, who had been given external access for business purposes.
It’s this kind of cybercrime news coverage, biased towards major companies, that has probably led you to believe a certain myth:
Aren’t You Too Small To Be A Target?
You might think so but you’d be wrong.
In fact, in almost half of all the cyber breaches that have occurred, a small business was the target. Consider these stats reported in Verizon’s Data Breach Report and Forbes:
- 58% of all breaches in 2018 involved small businesses.
- 43% of all breaches involved small businesses in 2019.
- Ransomware attacks are still going strong, accounting for 24% of the malware incidents analyzed and is the #2 most-used malware type.
Why Are Small Businesses Such Great Targets?
Generally, because they’re not doing enough to protect themselves. They make themselves such easy targets that cybercriminals can’t help themselves. According to the 2019 Shred It Protection Report:
- 31% of small business owners report that human error or accidental loss by a staff member led to a data breach.
- 33% of respondents have not trained employees on cybersecurity best practices to defend them against phishing and ransomware.
- 30% of small business owners have no policy for storing confidential documents.
How Can You Enhance Your Small Business Cybersecurity?
Ask for help Where To Start Inc. will help implement robust security measures, deploying security devices like firewalls, patching, antivirus software updates, intrusion and gateway protection, to name a few.
Furthermore, we will support your cybersecurity processes and practices, by implementing 2-factor authentication, employee security training, and password reset policies for your company.
To learn more about what we can do for your business’ IT systems, contact Alvarez Technology Group at (831) 753 -7677 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.