Tracking the Current Cyber Threat Landscape

May 22, 2018
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Read the Cyber Security: Tracking the Current Threat Landscape guide to learn more about tracking cyber threats and protecting your company.

The risk of cyber-attacks to small business is so significant that it prompted bipartisan legislative action in the Senate, which in September 2017 passed the MAIN STREET Cybersecurity Act. In announcing the legislation, the bill’s sponsors cited a 2012 report that businesses with fewer than 100 employees suffer 71 percent of cyber attacks, which can do enough damage to drive small companies out of business. Among the best ways to fight attacks is to understand their origins, and keep abreast of emerging threats:

  • Where are threats coming from? FBI crime statistics show that the number of ransomware attacks increased by a third from 2014 to 2015. Website attacks are another threat. Here, hackers seek “vulnerabilities in major tools” such as WordPress. In these cases, you may be targeted via email, by someone scraping your site or by bot-generated attempts to reset your password. And, among the most familiar schemes are those involving email. Examples include “we couldn’t deliver your package” notifications when you weren’t expecting a package and messages that appear to be from someone but contain uncharacteristic errors in spelling or grammar.

  • Assess your data security support. Do you know how to manage a system crash when it’s your company’s turn? Do you have a business continuity plan in the event not just of a crash, but also of a power failure, natural disaster, or cyber-attack? Can you manage the data recovery process yourself, or will you need support from your security solution provider?

  • Track emerging threats. Data security is not a “one-and-done” element of business. New threats emerge all the time, and you need to stay on top of them. It can help to familiarize yourself with the security bulletins and alerts, such as Microsoft’s Security Help, Adobe’s Security Bulletin, Symantec’s Monthly Threat Report, and Apple’s security support page.

By playing an active role in safeguarding your small business against the dangers of cyber threats, you foster increased trust and stronger relationships with all your company’s stakeholders. This, in turn, positions you for competitive advantage, prospects for continued growth and expansion, and optimal productivity, profitability, and sustainable success.

Hackers work 24/7, and small business is increasingly at risk. Here’s what you need to know to protect your company.

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