It seems as though every time we turn on the television, or open a web browser there’s a new story about the latest security breach. Quite often the stories highlight a large business, or even a branch of the government, that has fallen victim to a hack. If you’re the owner of a small-medium business (SMB), it might seem as though you are not a target for a cyber attack. Unfortunately, SMBs are often attractive opportunities for hackers.
That’s why it’s important to understand not only the vulnerabilities of your business, but also what’s happening around your industry. Unfortunately, many owners of SMBs don’t understand the risks associated with running a business in the digital age. If you’re only paying attention to the mainstream news, it may seem that breaches only happen to multinational corporations, or branches of the government. It’s easy to make yourself believe that small, local businesses aren’t impacted. Of course, that’s not always the case.
Cyber criminals understand that small businesses typically do not have the same strong security standards in place as their bigger counterparts, and as such are easier targets. This puts your business, and the customers it serves, in danger of becoming another statistic on the evening news.
The first step to protecting your business is understanding the risks that it faces. Luckily,
there are plenty of resources online that can help keep you up to date on online privacy and security. Reading our blog is a good first step. We’ve also written a blog post featuring other online resources.
Our ebook, 5 Simple Ways Small and Medium Businesses can Improve Online Security will give you stats on the impact cybercrime has on SMBs, and tips to protect yourself and your business. Download it today.
What do you do to ensure your business stays up to date on industry risks? Let us know in the comments below.