If you take a moment to think like cybercriminals do, you will start to see why smaller businesses and non-profits have become their favorite targets.
Though they tend to be more sophisticated than “smash-and-grab” robbers, cybercrooks are looking for the easiest way to rip off valuable digital data. They want to attack “low-hanging fruit,” which in the Internet world now means the least protected data and assets from smaller businesses—that, generally, have little or no security expertise on staff.
Of course, it’s true that the smaller businesses won’t have the gold mine of digital data that can be found in large, multinational enterprises, but they tend to be much easier to breach. According to some recent surveys, small business managers/owners are cutting spending on IT security. Also, there is a persistent misconception that their small businesses are too tiny to be of interest to cybercriminals.
Automation makes attacks easy
What has made smaller businesses attractive targets for online criminal gangs nowadays is the emergence of automation technology that makes attacking one or hundreds to thousands of businesses simple and fast.
So these new capabilities, along with the fact that way too many small businesses are unprotected or protected by inferior security, makes for a real change in cybercriminal behavior. They are taking the path of least resistance.
The path doesn’t stop with SBs
If the crooked path just ended with the theft of a small business’s data, that would be bad enough for everyone associated with the small enterprise. However, things can really get hairy and scary when a small company provides a backdoor into a bigger enterprise that it is interconnected with.
Small businesses can become the weakest link for a large enterprise that has fortified front doors, but is unaware or unable to secure the side entries provided to significantly less well-guarded business partners. If a small company gets hijacked by the bad guys, damaged could easily reach the multi-million dollar threshold.
What needs to be done
Small business people who are responsible for their IT security should really be spending more money on cyber defense, not less. Trend Micro has a number of industry-leading solution options to easily and affordably safeguard their livelihoods.
For small enterprises that need to protect less than five devices (PCs, Macs, Android smartphones or iOS devices), Trend Micro™ Premium Security is an excellent solution. For protecting up to 100 devices, consider Worry-Free™ Business Security solutions, which are designed to provide comprehensive virus protection that safeguards against web threats and data theft as well.
Where you can do your “homework”
When you’re running your own business and managing your own information technology, there’s always a lot to do. One task that you must do without delay is secure your business data, computers, and mobile devices.
You can’t leave your business tools, data, and assets under-protected with inferior security solutions. If you don’t know enough about IT security and what’s right for your business, there are resources like IDC’s iView website that has tips and advice to assist you. Trend Micro also partners with resellers who will work with you to get the right solutions for your business.