Hardly a day goes by that we don’t hear a news story about a cyberattack or a new vulnerability in technology. Not only are cyber criminals getting more sophisticated, but also are able to outsmart employees and traditional security methods. As a small business, you might think you’re not a cybercrime target—you’d be wrong!
Did you know the Target system-wide breach happened from an attack on a small company monitoring heating and air conditioning? Cybercriminals were able to hack the small company credentials to get into Target’s network and steal 40 million credit cards!
Overall, cybercriminals find small businesses are usually less protected and are easier to penetrate. As a result, more than 50 percent of cyberattacks today are against small businesses like yours—frightening!
Protect your business by implementing the proper tools, policies, training and processes to reduce business vulnerability. The Federal Trade Commission, Department of Homeland Security, Small Business Association and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) work together to help small businesses understand how to protect themselves from cybercrimes. Based on this partnership, NIST has identified five key components for every cybersecurity plan.