Most small business owners believe cyber attacks are the concern of large corporations, however nothing could be further from the truth. According to Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report 71% of cyber attacks occur at businesses with less than 100 employees.
Unfortunately, many “SMBs suffer from ‘It can’t happen to us’ syndrome,” notes Robert Siciliano, security expert for McAfee. “They also typically don’t have the resources to secure their networks to the degree a large enterprise would. But the information on their networks – and access to their bank accounts – still makes them a big target.” Even though it turns out SMB’s have a larger target on their backs than they realize, two thirds of SMBs surveyed by Symantec say they’re not concerned about cyber threats; and more than 80 percent have no formal cyber security plan.
“Smaller companies are easier to hack,” said Clay Calvert, director of security at MetroStar Systems, a Virginia-based firm. “They don’t have the resources to set up protective barriers.” Big companies, which have the financial resources to upgrade their security, have become less vulnerable. But this needs to change! The average cyberattack costs a business $188,000! You can no longer wait for hackers to target you. The rise of organized cyber hackers is definitely a scary trend but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. There are some things that a SMB owner can do to help:
- The first step you need to take is to think like the hackers. Ask yourself: Who are my adversaries? Are they after my intellectual property and trade secrets? Do they want my customers’ credit-card information? Or do they view my business as the weak link in some larger application? This exercise can help you see where your vulnerabilities lie and also help you understand which measures you can take to protect your software.
- Make sure your code is clean. Many commercial applications use open-source code as components. The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s National Vulnerability Database discloses more than 4,000 vulnerabilities in these components. Security software companies, can help you identify and fix any problems with your applications’ source code.
- Outsource your security operation. While most small organizations can’t afford to build sophisticated IT security systems, Midwest IT Solutions has the scale and know-how to protect your operations and sensitive data.
At Midwest we have the knowledge base and the commitment to service to ensure that your IT security is up to date. We offer best in class cybersecurity protection. Unlike other managed service providers who rely on point of service solutions; we employ Unified Threat Management, an all in one security solution. UTM is a fully integrated, multifaceted approach to protect against network threats. Your IT infrastructure is too important to settle for a less than optimal cybersecurity plan. Contact us today to get started on your cyber security audit. Don’t take a chance and go it alone, get Midwest on your side.
 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report 2012. 2012 Accessed April 20, 2016. URL:www. http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2012/03/Verizon-Data-Breach-Report-2012.pdf.