We frequently meet with small to medium size clients that believe their business is too small or unimportant to be targeted by cybercriminals, after all, there are bigger targets for hackers, right? Wrong. In truth, every business, large or small, is a possible target for these criminals. The threat has become such a concern the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a High Impact Cyber-Attack Warning. On October 2, 2019, Alert Number I-100219-PSA describing and warning against ransomware attacks. You can read the full alert release here.
The Ponemon Institute in 2018 surveyed 1000 IT Support providers about the state of cybersecurity in small and medium-sized businesses. It revealed that 67% of SMBs have encountered a cyberattack, while another 58% have had a data breach in the previous 12 months. Another report writes that 60% of all SMBs fail within 180 days of a data breach. A data breach can devastate a SMB, from the measurable monetary costs and time lost to the crippling damage to their reputation. That’s all before considering legal fees, network downtime, and repair costs.
Most of these breaches were preventable.
Unfortunately, companies that do not manage credit card data, or any customer/client information, believe that cybercriminals will not target their company network. In truth, these criminals are targeting multiple computer networks to find vulnerabilities, obtain sensitive information, take control of your network, lock your data up, and demand financial payment to have it restored or just to cause damage.
The simple fact is if your business/organization has an online presence, you are at risk. You must adopt cybersecurity as a business strategy to guard both your stored data and network resources.
Call 10D Tech if you would like to create a technology security plan that prevents the crime and recovers the network/data quickly in case of a breach.
Find out if a business that you work with has been breached: “Oregon law requires businesses and state agencies to notify any Oregon consumer whose personal information was subject to a breach of security. In the event that a breach affected more than 250 Oregon consumers, the law also requires that a sample copy of a breach notice sent to more than 250 Oregon consumers must also be provided to the Oregon Attorney General.”
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Anyone Can Be a Target of Cybercrime