Cybersecurity: you see it all over the news; you hear about it every day, but are you taking the precautions necessary to protect your small business from a cyber attack?
According to Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report, small businesses were targeted 18 percent of the time in 2011. Just last year, that number rose to an alarming 43 percent. Just because your business is small, doesn’t mean you aren’t a target for cyber-criminals.
The Better Business Bureau reports that the average loss from a cyber attack is almost $80,000. That amount of loss would do significant damage to any small business. The report also indicated that half of the small businesses studied would only remain profitable for about a month after that kind of hack. By implementing a few simple strategies, small business owners and their employees can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to an online hacker.
A single cyber attack carries a high price tag. Especially when left unarmed, your business may fall prey to online hackers. Start by educating yourself and your staff on the risks and best practices, and know when to call in the pros.