Recently, the number of cyber-attacks against small businesses has been rising. According to a recent report by Symantec, a leading Internet security provider, if you own a small business, you’re more vulnerable since cyber criminals see you as a path of least resistance. In fact, in 2014, 31% of all cyber-attacks were against companies with less than 250 employees per the report. In 2013, small businesses only made up 18% of the attacks.
Though attacking a small business can result in less rewards for cyber criminals then a large business would, smaller businesses tend to be easier to attack. Most small businesses tend to have less cyber defenses in place to block the attacks. Instead, they tend to have a false sense of security. Many small business owners believe cyber criminals have nothing to gain from them, so they are immune to the cyber-attack.
Why Attack Small Businesses?
A hacker will typically attack a small business to collect their bank account information, intellectual property, or customer data, such as their credit card numbers. Most of the data collected from hackers has been obtained from the business through online transactions with their customers. Hackers may also plant malware software on the website of the small business. When a customer visits the site, they share their information unknowingly with the hackers.
When a hacker targets a company to steal their data, they do not simply target the upper management. Attacks will typically be against the entire organization, regardless of the level. Employees that work in roles requiring knowledge, such as research and development, are the ones targeted most. The endgame of the hacker is to make money from activities or information gathered from their hack.
What can you do to stay protected?
RedWave Technology Group, LLC can offer you their expertise to keep your business network secure and your private data private. There are many things that may be suggested, such as implementing an antivirus, a password protection analysis, and firewall implementation. We will do a complete analyzation of your files and network to ensure that only employees of your choice have access to pertinent data files and that the most important files have a password that is sufficient. We are also able to suggest software that could be helpful in protecting your network. We can also add a deeper level of virus protection protect your networks from anyone remotely accessing it. You tell us what you want, and we will do our best to make it happen.
RedWave is 100% committed to your business and its cyber security. We even provide 24/7 monitoring of your business network with our managed services packages. Get more details at RedWaveIT.com or give us a call at (205) 917-5757 to schedule your Free 2 Hour Network Consultation.