You might think of cyber attacks as a problem reserved for major corporations and world governments. While it’s true that the cyber attacks that make the news are usually targeting those institutions, it’s also true that small business are increasingly at risk for data breaches and other threats. That’s why it’s important to have a security strategy in place.
In 2012, attacks on small businesses increased a whopping 300% over the previous year. That number has only gone up since. Cyber criminals are attacking small businesses more frequently for one simple reason: it’s easy. They’re less secure than major corporations and generally have the attitude that they’re too small to attract much attention. Unfortunately, the impact they have on your business may also be much higher. Small businesses that suffer an attack will face a public loss of trust as well as a financial loss, which can be crippling. The first step toward protecting yourself is to increase your data security budget. Identify the risks to your company, which may include proper security protocols, secure passwords, and phishing scams. There are ways to protect yourself, and by planning for the worst you’ll be well-prepared for an attack.
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