We’ve all read stories in the news about big businesses being hacked.
And it’s tempting to think that smaller businesses like yours are safe. That cyber criminals are only targeting big businesses.
But anyone making that assumption is putting themselves and their business at risk. The fact is that small businesses can be far easier prey for attackers.
Why is that? Simply put most small business owners simply think that their business is too small for a hacker to bother with, so they don’t bother to invest in IT Security, until they have been hacked.
Only yesterday I was having a conversation with a small business owner who said “ IT companies always try to oversell IT Security when no one really needs it”, so I told him the tale of a business that contacted us after being scammed out of £15,000 because they only had Anti Virus running on their machines, as this business owner did. I asked him how he is mitigating the growing risks from social engineering, brute force attacks and ransomware, the scary answer was “well I suppose I’m not”. By putting simple measures in place such as password managers and application white listing we helped secure his systems in minutes.
They might not make the news; but attacks involving automated tools, ransomware and identity theft are a continuing risk for all small businesses.
With potential financial penalties and huge loss of reputation, it isn’t hard to imagine how such attacks would be disastrous for businesses without very deep pockets.
That makes employee awareness, ongoing training, and robust password management vital. And you must keep all systems, antivirus software and firewalls constantly up to date.
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