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 they are also able to outsmart employees and traditional security methods. You might think your business is not a cybercrime target—you’d be wrong!
Did you know Target’s system-wide breach was from an attack on a small company monitoring heating and air conditioning? Cybercriminals were able to hack a small company credentials to get into Target’s network and steal 40 million credit cards!
Overall, cybercriminals find smaller businesses are usually less protected and are easier to penetrate. As a result, more than 50 percent of cyberattacks today are against small businesses—that’s frightening!
Protect your business by having the proper tools, policies, training and processes to reduce business vulnerability. Government agencies and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) work together to help businesses understand how to protect themselves from cybercrimes. Based on this partnership, NIST has identified five key components for every cybersecurity plan.