Most small and midsize business (SMB) owners exist in a bubble of blissful ignorance. They focus on the day-to-day operations of their organization, driving growth, facilitating hiring, and guiding marketing, without a single thought given to the security of the computer networks these processes depend on. After all, they’re just the little guy – why would hackers go to the trouble of penetrating their systems for the minuscule amount of data they store?
And eventually, often after years of smooth sailing through calm seas, they get hacked, fork out thousands of dollars to malicious hackers, and collapse beneath the weight of their own shortsightedness.
The facts don’t lie. According to Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report, a full 71% of cyber-attacks are aimed squarely at SMBs. And while it’s unclear exactly how many of these attacks are actually successful, with the sad state of most small businesses’ security protocols, it’s a safe bet that a good chunk of the attacks make it through.
But why? As Tina Manzer writes for Educational Dealer, “Size becomes less of an issue than the security network… While larger enterprises typically have more data to steal, small businesses have less secure networks.” As a result, hackers can hook up automated strikes to lift data from thousands of small businesses at a time – the hit rate is that high.
Today, trusting the security of your company to your son-in-law, who assures you he “knows about computers,” isn’t enough. It takes constant vigilance, professional attention and, most of all, knowledge. Start here with the four most common ways hackers infiltrate hapless small businesses.
As a manager, you should be bothered by these statistics. There’s simply no excuse for using an easy-to-crack password, for you or your team. To check the strength of your password, type it into HowSecureIsMyPassword.net before you make it official.
We’ve outlined some of the simplest ways to defend yourself against these shady techniques, but the best way is to bring on a company that constantly keeps your system updated with the most cutting-edge security and is ready at a moment’s notice to protect you in a crisis. Hackers are going to come for you, so do everything you can to prepare. Need help? Give us a call – 630-850-9039 – CMW