Did you know that cyber security is now one of the most debated topics in the world, mostly because all daily business is conducted over the internet? Hacking in to restricted files and stealing private data are common examples of a breach in cyber security. You hear that large businesses such as Target and others get hacked. That means small businesses are not immune from hacking. If Cyber Crime was a business its revenue’s would be close to the Forbes’ top 100’s list.
It is crucial that as a small business owner you are aware of the importance of cyber security as well as the risks involved in posting your business data online.
Do not assume that your business is not at risk:
- CNN reports nearly half of the data breaches that Verizon recorded in 2012 took place in companies with less than 1,000 employees.
- A Symantec report showed that 31% of all attacks in 2012 happened to businesses that had less than 250 employees.
- A different Symantec report showed cyber-attacks were up 81% in 2011.
There a many small business owners that run a large part of their business over the Internet, without any security features. As a business owner, you should understand that even with the advantages of taking your business online, certain risks come along with it too.
And small businesses are not the only ones at risk. Recent headlines told of a hacker arrested for compromising federal employee and service member information. And if government data can be hacked, small businesses undoubtedly are not exempt from hacking.
One of the major problems is that small businesses do not set any budgets for the security and do not set aside any time to learn how to safeguard their business. It is important to have a security assessment of your business by a qualified security expert.
We recommend to watch Cyber Security for Small Businesses offered by Small Business Administration. It will help you learn more about the security principles you should keep in mind when online, as well as the ways you can protect your information and networks in case of a cyber-attack. Other factors, like creating contingency plans, setting up firewalls, having the latest antivirus programs and creating backups are all part of the training and information that you will learn.
At CEO we offer free risk analysis for your business. We carefully inspect your physical and digital infrastructure and offer recommendations to secure your business and have a peace of mind. Contact us at 818-501-2281 and set up an appointment.
Take the time to be sure that your business is prepared.