Get Started Today!  (813) 749-0895    SEARCH SITE

IT Professional Services and Business Continuity

Symmetric Engineering Group Blogs

Don’t Be Like These 14 Million US Businesses and Ignore Data Security

Don’t Be Like These 14 Million US Businesses and Ignore Data Security

If you run a small business, you might consider yourself a small target of hacking attacks. It might make sense to think of it in this way, but this actually is not advisable to think of it in this way. According to a recent survey by CNBC and SurveyMonkey, only two percent of small businesses see cyber attacks as anything worth worrying about. This leads us to the next question… are you one of them?

The survey results found that, despite cyberattacks being at the forefront of most news cycles, that most small businesses of under 250 employees, have greater worries than the security of their data infrastructure. Most seem to think that they aren’t a big enough target for hackers to go after, while others have more pressing concerns.

The reasoning for this change in mindset is simple: limited budgets. Large corporations might be able to spend ample amounts of funds on the latest and greatest security expenditures, but small businesses have less financial leeway, which keeps them from investing large sums of capital into something as necessary as data security. This is precisely the reason why hackers would prefer to go after a small business rather than a large organization--since there aren’t powerful security measures put into place to secure data, hackers don’t have to work as hard to obtain similar results.

For more reasoning, consider the following scenario. Let’s say that you’re a hacker and you are deciding who your next targets should be. You consider a big business with a 25% success chance. That’s not a very solid rate of success, even if hacking into a larger organization would provide you with a larger return. Now, what if you went after a small organization with about a 90% success chance? Eventually, it becomes more reliable to go after many small organizations rather than one large company.

According to CNBC, half of the 28 million small businesses in the United States have been breached at least once in their lifecycle. What a hacker is looking for in a small business can vary, but it almost always includes some sort of personal information or sensitive data. Retail organizations can often become subject to malware which is designed to harvest credentials, like credit card numbers or PINs, while healthcare organizations might be the perfect fit for hackers hoping to steal sensitive personal records.

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what your small business does, you’re at risk whether you want to believe it or not. Even if your organization (somehow) doesn’t hold onto important information that could be valuable for hackers, your infrastructure could be infected with malware and become complicit with a hackers’ commands. Therefore, you have a responsibility as a small business owner to ensure that you’re protecting your business’ technology--even if it’s just so that a hacker can’t turn it against you and use it on other small organizations like yours.

It’s recommended that you implement an enterprise-level security solution like a Unified Threat Management (UTM) tool that can add layers of business-grade protection to your organization’s technology. A UTM includes a firewall, antivirus, spam blocker, and content filter--all of which are designed to take a proactive stance against the many threats found online. It’s just one way that your organization can prevent breaches instead of suffering like the rest.

To find out more about network security and how to protect your business’ future, reach out to us at (813) 749-0895.

Natural Disasters Can Have a Major Impact on Busin...
What Effect Could Artificial Intelligence Have On ...
 

Comments

Already Registered? Login Here
No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

Search

Mobile? Grab this Article!

Qr Code

Tag Cloud

Security Tip of the Week IT Services IT Support Best Practices Managed IT Services Cloud Technology IT Infrastructure Management Email Business Computing Business Continuity IT Companies in Tampa Privacy Malware Hackers Internet Business Mobility IT Support Services Hosted Solutions Business IT Solutions I.T. Management Microsoft Productivity IT Professional Services Managed Service Provider Software Custom Business Solutions Business Outsourced IT Mobile Devices Business Applications Computer IT Management IT Business Solutions Data Backup Network Security Ransomware Technology Consultants Data Windows 10 Data Recovery Managed IT Service in Florida Managed IT Service Business IT Support Managed IT Android Internet of Things Windows Managed Services in Florida I.T. Support Google Tech Term Backup Disaster Recovery Cloud Computing I.T. Services Dynamic Solutions IT Support Services in Tampa IT Risk Management User Tips IT Services in Florida Browser Data Management Smartphone Remote Monitoring IT Outsourcing in Tampa Communication Innovation Managed Services Encryption Gmail IT Service Hardware Small Business IT Support in Tampa Cybersecurity Smartphones Managed Services in Tampa Bay Productivity Holiday Artificial Intelligence Workplace Tips Server Microsoft Office Upgrade BYOD App Social Media IT Managed Services Mobile Device Management Tampa IT Support Save Money Vendor Management Tech Companies in Tampa Network Applications Phishing Business Management IT Services in Tampa Mobile Device Office 365 Paperless Office Firewall Business IT Support Services Customer Relationship Management Bandwidth Apple Collaboration Small Business IT Solutions Facebook Infrastructure Managed Service in Tampa Risk Management Computer Networking Tip of the week IT Outsourcing in Florida Antivirus Chrome BDR Operating System Passwords Unified Threat Management IT Service Management Website Data Computer Services IT Company Business Plan Efficiency Word Two-factor Authentication Compliance IT Vendor Management IT Support Bring Your Own Device Content Filtering IT Outsourcing Unified Communications Storage Regulations Managed IT Services Miscellaneous IT Management Services Settings Telephone Systems Big Data IT Company Data Security Windows 10 The Internet of Things Saving Money Remote Computing Robot VoIP Money Computer Hardware Repair Wireless Technology SaaS Employer-Employee Relationship Analytics Mobile Computing Government Retail WiFi Hosted Solution Document Management Automation Data loss Data storage Project Management IT solutions Vulnerability Spam Budget User Error Tablet Apps Alert IT Consulting Mobile Security Help Desk Virtual Private Network Solid State Drive Managed IT Outsourcing Assessment LiFi Smart Technology Recovery IT Support Helpdesk IT Companies in Florida Business Continuity Services Presentation Maintenance Business Technology Virtual Reality Information Technology Mobility Network Congestion Microsoft Virtual Server Hosting in Tampa and Florida Augmented Reality Blockchain VPN IT Management Service Wireless IBM Laptop Router Administration Uninterrupted Power Supply End of Support Wi-Fi Google Drive Computer Support Customer Service Computer Network Services Mouse Licensing Training I.T. Company Business Application Outlook Redundancy Virtual Desktop Flexibility Computer Networking Services Patch Management Office Tips IoT Net Neutrality YouTube HIPAA Office File Sharing Computing Digital Payment Server Management Search communications Scam Internet Exlporer Virtualization Network Management Monitors Technology Tips Nanotechnology Managed Service Providers Bitcoin Star Wars Public Speaking VoIP Data Breach Cooperation Managed Services in Floirda Files Google Wallet Disaster Development Avoiding Downtime Intranet Statistics Mobile Device Managment Business Continuity Service Providers Writing Sports Computer Repair Networking Technology Consulting Firms Current Events Managing Stress Heating/Cooling Touchscreen Server Hosting in Florida Specifications Social Networking Network Support in Florida Cabling Microsoft Excel eWaste USB Microsoft Business Solutions Safety Marketing Downloads Mirgation IT Managed Service in Tampa Information Technology Consulting Legal Cortana Screen Reader Tech Company in Tampa Windows 8 Professional Service Utility Computing Programming Digital Dark Data Technology Laws Staff IT Company in Tampa Websites Drones Gadgets Cables Google Maps Bluetooth Social Engineering Hotspot Politics Going Green Enterprise Content Management Tampa IT Services Education Black Friday Motherboard Cost Management Mail Merge Careers Alt Codes Top IT Outsourcing Company Management Consultation Multi-Factor Security Migration Help Desk Support in Tampa IT Consulting Services Health Care IT Services Knowledge Distributed Denial of Service Smart Tech IT Managed Service Provider Healthcare Tech Support Spyware Consulting Services Unified Threat Management Operations Managed Service in Florida Wires G Suite IT Consulting Service Health Corporate Profile Buisness Techology Language Printing Vulnerabilities Outsourced Computer Support Fun Cyber Monday Address IT Service in Tampa Jobs Typing Lenovo Permissions Server Hosting in Tampa Enterprise Resource Planning Password Quick Tips Google Calendar Chatbots Help Desk Support Automobile Computers Business IT Solutions Experience Deep Learning Break Fix Connectivity Hard Drive Service IT Hacker Downtime Printer Wearable Technology Machine Learning Hacking Shortcut Modem WannaCry Trending Disaster Resistance Computing Infrastructure Geography Servers Google Docs Undo Hard Disk Drive Halloween Superfish Fraud Social Mobile Time Management Co-managed IT Legislation Identity Display Full Service IT Dark Web Samsung Healthcare IT Cache How To IT Solutions for Small Business Access Control IT Support Companies in Tampa Save Time Software Tips Software as a Service Cookies Managed it Services in Tampa Travel Cryptocurrency Humor Domains CIO Proactive IT Alerts Chromebook History High-Speed Internet User Business Growth Competition Data Technology Scary Stories Server Hosting IT Tech Support Hacks Company Culture Best Practice Identity Theft Application Comparison IT Vendor Management in Tampa Sync Identities Data Warehousing Recycling Computer Care Firefox Microsoft Affiliate Program Users SharePoint IT Technicians IT Support and Solutions Backups Digital Signature Hard Drives Hiring/Firing Motion Sickness Cameras Physical Security Emergency Gadget Refrigeration Personal Information Staffing Lithium-ion Battery Mobile Data Error IT Consultant Meetings CCTV How To Cybercrime Crowdsourcing GPS Public Cloud Twitter Webcam Taxes Upgrades Botnet Thank You Telephony Supercomputer Saving Time Running Cable I.T. Managament Tracking Processors Point of Sale CrashOverride 3D Printing Emoji Managed Service Congratulations Black Market Update IT Budget Virus Electronic Medical Records Managed Servers Work/Life Balance 5G Business Appplications Administrator Web Server Cleaning IP Address Relocation Law Enforcement Notifications Unsupported Software Mobile Office Private Cloud

Latest Blog Entry

ata backup has become an essential piece of the modern business’ computing infrastructure but the act of protecting data from being lost is centuries old. Before there was recorded civilization, there were humans writing on the cave walls and carving notches into bone to aid...

Latest News

SEG Awarded Small Business of the Year Award!

Symmetric Engineering Group was awarded the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber Small Business of the Year Award for their understanding technical service and support throughout the Tampa Bay area

Read more ...

Account Login