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Whenever you visit various IT media platforms, you may come across news about a big firm targeted by cybercriminals. Major news feeds have stories about big corporations or governments attacked by cybercriminals. They barely report about small and medium enterprises.
Does the media blackout mean the cybersecurity protocols of small and medium enterprises are immune to breaches?
Short answer, no. Cyberattackers often target small and medium businesses because they are easy targets.
According to Fundera, 60% of cyberattacks target small enterprises. Small and medium businesses are easy targets for cybercriminals for various reasons.
Some common threats facing SMEs are:
Phishing attacks happen when cybercriminals send fraudulent communications that seem to be from a credible source. The preferred method of delivery for cybercriminals is email. They can email team members pretending to be management. The email can have infected attachments or direct recipients to malware-laden sites. Unsuspecting employees open these attachments or links, infecting the network with malware that performs various functions. For example, they can give the attackers remote control or allow them to spy on the company.
Cyberattackers can target SMEs with malicious software, such as ransomware, spyware, viruses, and worms. Malware attacks take advantage of a network’s vulnerability when you install compromised software or click dangerous links. The malware can do a lot of harm, including give attackers control and disrupt some components.
Ransomware attacks entail cybercriminals taking over networks or stealing sensitive data. Once they achieve one or both targets, they demand payment from an organization to return things to normal. SMEs often struggle to pay the ransom, meaning they risk days or weeks of downtime. An SME’s reputation can also suffer if attackers publish or sell clients’ data online.
Many SMEs’ workers have little to no training on cybersecurity. This unawareness means they can make mistakes, such as having one password for all their platforms. Some use obvious details to generate their passwords, such as their birth date or pet’s name. Cybercriminals can crack their password with little of their personal information.
According to the SEC, 60% of SMBs don’t survive a breach and shut down within six months after an attack. This statistic is alarming, but these tips can help you secure your IT infrastructure.
Here is what you can do to ensure you stay safe:
Having reliable cybersecurity measures in place can lead to many benefits, such as:
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