According to Accenture’s Cost of Cybercrime Study, 43% of cyber attacks are aimed at small businesses, but only 14% are prepared to defend themselves.
We see the big businesses in the news, we see the big problems in the news. Even the local news segments have a lot to do with the current state of the entire world. Not necessarily what hits us most near and dear to home.
You likely know this already, but small businesses are vitally important to just about everything we do. Sure, the Wal-Marts and Targets get most of our shopping, but small business is how we get what we need when we need it. Professional services, are largely small business, from accounting to IT Support (That's us) are small business. Doctors, dentists, landscapers are largely small business. So what keeps this world running, the world that we live in every single day. It's not just a small world out there. It's a small business world.
43% of cyber attacks hit small businesses, why is this? Well, the answer is two fold. On the one hand, smaller businesses will go primarily unnoticed, allowing bad actors to remain under the radar. Secondly, without expensive tools and large, costly IT staff. They're more likely to get a small payday 100 times vs a large payday 1 time. Those two factors make it a tempting target for all of those on the other side of the fence trying to separate small businesses from their hard earned profits.
Only 14% of those 43% are prepared to defend themselves? That seems crazy, why wouldn't everyone take the measures they need. Well, the first obvious answer is they aren't using #qeh2 for their IT (shameless self promotion). The second answer is most business owners and controllers either don't see the need for it, or think it's far too expensive for the tech that could save them.
Let's address that first one, we're awesome, so definitely call us today. Now the second, it's not as expensive as it seems, you could be one of the 14% that can defend themselves with a small investment every year into your cybersecurity. Instead of getting hit with a $200,000 ransom, you'd pay less than 10% of that to be protected. So why not? Why not give yourself the best protection and insurance you can have.
Some might say that the best defense is a good offense, but the best defense is a good defense. Get yourself the best defense you can. Talk to your IT department today for these simple things.
- Spam Filtering
- BDR solution
- Cyber Security Assessment
- Cyber Attack Plan
- IDS and IPS
- Employee training
- Off site hosting and services
- Robust Firewall (don't trust comcast with your security, seriously)
Or feel free to just give me a call over at www.qeh2.com