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Small Businesses Unknowingly Fall Victim to Cyber Attack

A Nationwide survey has produced some alarming results. The responses from the survey come from more than 1,000 owners of small business, and show that 45% of owners have been victims of cyber attacks. In recent years, cyber attacks have growth significantly in both large and small businesses.

While there’s no way to guarantee that your business won’t ever experience a cyber attack, there are different options available to minimize the risk. One of the best things you can do is be aware of the risks involved in the attacks and to stay up to date with the current trends involved in cybersecurity. It is also highly recommended that you hire a cybersecurity expert who can tailor their services to fit your business’s environment and specific needs.

Three of the most common attacks on small business:

Malware: infectious bits of software that can be downloaded from websites, email or rogue USB drives

Phishing/Spear Phishing:  Social engineering through phone calls or email that trick users into giving critical information that will allow for access to sensitive systems, bank accounts or wire transfer mechanisms.

Brute Force Attacks: Automated tools deployed by hackers and cyber criminals to test passwords in business networks.  These tools can crack easy passwords or passwords associated with a user account that uses the same password as a compromised website (i.e. if your information was stolen in the Target hack and you use the same password there as you do at your office).

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