Hass associates cyber warning tips and reviews - It is hard to ignore the increasing number of cyber-attacks targeting large corporations and governmental organisations. New stories are appearing almost daily exposing the lengths cybercriminals are going to in order to steal sensitive business and customers' personal information from large corporations and businesses.
While large corporations still continue to garner a lot of attention from cybercriminals, the reality is that SMBs are also increasingly becoming targets for cyber-attacks. In fact, according to the latest Symantec Internet Security Threat Report, 31 per cent of targeted attacks in 2012 were on businesses with less than 250 employees.
So why are cybercriminals interested in SMBs? Don't they have bigger fish to fry?
The question many SMBs may ask is "Why us and not a larger company with more profits or customer information to steal?" Unfortunately the answer is simple: it can be easier. SMBs, on average, have less money and resources invested into internet security and protection, making them an easier target.
Furthermore, SMBs generally conduct business with many enterprises, and today's sophisticated hackers see them as a potential backdoor into these larger organizations. Known as the "watering hole" technique, an attacker compromises a website, such as a blog or small business website, which is known to be frequently visited by the victim of interest, so when the victim later visits the compromised website, a targeted attack payload is silently installed on their computer. In 2012, the number of web-based attacks increased by one third and many of these attacks originated from the compromised websites of small businesses. It is important for SMBs to be aware of not only what to do if their company is attacked, but also what they can do to prevent this from happening in the future.-
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