Small Business Cyber Security Audit

It has been reported that the average small business has spent over $117,000 to recover from a cyber attack, so how do you protect your business?

magnifying glass looking at areas where security could be an issueAs computer science professionals, we see first-hand the technical threats that can hide in plain sight. When someone talks about online security, things like phishing email and computer viruses are the more common risks that come to mind, but there are bigger threats on the rise targeting the smaller business community.  For example…

  • According to a study conducted in 2016 by Keeper Security and Ponemon Institute, LLC, a web-based attack was the most common type of cyber attack against small businesses.  That includes attacks on your website or through your web host, or through a web-based program.
  • Data tracked by Kaspersky Lab, a computer security company, reported that in 2017 the average cost for a data breach against a small-medium sized business in North America was $117,000. Those who had a recovery plan in place have a better chance to bounce back; but the reality is that so many go unprotected it may be difficult to recover from a serious attack, thus impacting their livelihood.
  • According to a 2016 Internet Security Threat Report released by the security company, Symantec, 43% of all cyber attacks targeted smaller businesses.  Roughly, they suggest that about 1 of every 40 small businesses are at risk of being the next victim of cybercrime.  Since that number is quickly on the rise, it is important to take action now and implement a strategy for protection.

Why Cyber Criminals Target Small Businesses?

Because larger companies are more keenly aware of their value and the threats against them, they have allocated the appropriate resources to increase their defenses making it more challenging for cybercriminals to crack through, so the hackers are now applying a different strategy.  Not only are these geeky crooks banning together in cybercrime rings giving themselves a massive technical advantage, they are spreading their funky junk using auto-bot programs focused on the small business community.  Why?  Well, there are several reasons, the more common ones include…

  • Business owners often select free or inexpensive tools and resources that lack adequate protection eventually becoming vulnerable to attack.
  • Most business owners are more likely to pay a ransom for a hijacked website making it a lucrative career for cybercriminals.
  • They collect personal data – like credit cards and emails from an online contact form  – that can be used in a larger cyber attack.
  • They can be sub-contractors of larger companies or government agencies, thus providing an access point to a larger prize.
  • They use services of smaller companies or freelancers whose lack of experience in managing a business can create opportunities for oversight.
  • They lack adequate security protection for their computer and mobile devices.
  • They are unaware or forget to monitor data collected and managed by third-party providers.
  • It is much easier to get away with a cybercrime because smaller businesses are often unaware of how to report the incident nor have the financial resources to pursue tracking of those involved.

Do you have a recovery plan?

Imagine for just a moment if your computer was compromised,
your website hijacked or your client data records stolen?

Sadly in today’s market, it could happen, but we’re here
to help!   
Just like having fire drills, or planning for other emergencies, we can help you devise a plan that reduces
your risks and protects your business and customer data. 

The Best Defense Starts with a Simple Conversation.

Since each business has their own unique systems for managing customer information and operational tasks; the best strategy is not the same for every business.  The best defense starts with a simple conversation with a technical consultant who knows the right big-picture questions to ask.  That’s where we can help.

There is no cost for us to connect and have a brief conversation about your online security.  Our goal will primarily be to help you identify the risks you may already face. If noteworthy, we’ll then prioritize those risks and identify a detailed strategy that will help you reduce risks and limit overall liabilities in an efficient manner.

Take the Next Step to Protect Your Business and Customers.

We value your time and know you’re busy, but it is an important conversation to have – especially because it can protect your ability to be successful for years to come.  Our Cyber Consultant can meet with you over the phone or in-person (if you’re in the St. Louis metro area) – the choice is yours.  We do recommend allowing an hour for your conversation because this topic typically generates many questions.

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