Easy Pickings: Small Businesses are Being Targeted by Cyber Criminals
According to studies by news network CNBC, small businesses make up 43% of victims when it comes to cybercrime – and only 14% of those were adequately prepared to defend themselves.
As a small business, it can be easy to neglect this side of your digital footprint. Often when people think of cyberattacks they think of large-scale data breaches with high profile targets – but this is not the case. Reports have shown that career hackers will seek out unprepared small businesses with the intent of holding their data ransom until a payment has been made, and according to the Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report (2019), the average cost of a cyberattack was $200,000 – an amount simply unpayable for many small and family-owned businesses.
David Kennedy, founder of cybersecurity company TrustedSec stated that ‘’if you’re doing business today and have any IT footprint you have to be doing security as part of it. You are basically playing Russian Roulette and it is only a matter of time before you are hit.’’
“We’ve seen one-person family pizza shops be fully compromised. We’ve seen one-person retail shops compromised. Independent Uber drivers targeted,” he continued.
Not only would the financial implications of a cyber attack cause massive disruption for any small business, they also risk their reputation and customer loyalty. The relationship between customer and business is always of high importance but the long-term effects, and subsequent loss of custom, caused by a data breach could have serious fallout for smaller businesses.
Perhaps the absence of cyber security is caused by the scarcity of resources, or just a lack of awareness regarding the true extent to which a cyberattack could impact a small business – but regardless of its source, something needs to change so that businesses both big and small aren’t underprepared for the rise in cybercrime.
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