You’ve probably heard about those cyberattacks big companies such as eBay, Yahoo, JP Morgan Chase, Target Stores, Adobe, Sony Pictures. Even the big boys suffer from attacks sometimes, yes? Moms at home as susceptible to these attacks too. A large number of SMBs operate with the mindset that because they are small they have no value to attackers. They often have that mentality of, “What would they want from a small outfit like mine?”. This was particular the case when the national golf association was hit with a cyber attack.
However, you’d probably never leave your business’ doors open after closing hours, would you? Well, when you don’t take cyber-security measures you’re essentially leaving the doors to your data open.
If you believe your business can’t be attacked because it’s small, you need to seriously think again.
Why would a hacker be interested in your small business, right? Well, the answer is pretty simple. The fact that you do not see your operation as a potential target makes it vulnerable. However, security by obscurity does not exist anymore. Furthermore, because there’s a high chance your small business will lack the protection resources large enterprises have, this instantly makes it a highly desirable target.
Prevention Is Key
Reasons for the attack, as we’ve mentioned above, are why it’s vital you take preventative measures to always secure your business’ data. If you’ve got up-to-date backup systems, your systems can be wiped down and then restored again. This might halt all operations for some time, but that beats the alternative: losing everything or being held at ransom via ransomware attachments and the like.
All your network endpoints need to be protected. This includes all tablets, smartphones, laptops, desktops and all IoT devices, in general. Anything that has any access to your networks should always be secured.