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Top 3 Reasons Hackers Target Small Businesses

Today, small and medium sized businesses are at the center of news headlines on local news networks. Malicious hackers are focusing their cyber attacks on smaller targets, in fact, Verizon’s 2019 Data Breach Investigation’s Report states that 43% of breaches involve small businesses.

Small businesses are a ripe target for cyber attacks for several reasons…let’s discuss the top 3 motives of hackers in the wild.

  1. Small Business = Small IT Team

Most small businesses have an IT department with fewer than three people. And, these three people are primarily responsible for maintaining the computer operations and day-to-day IT ticket requests of the organization. They are not focused on the attack surface and taking steps to actively prevent or detect a cyber-event. There simply isn’t enough time each week to achieve a proper cyber-defensive strategy. Hackers in the wild know that small businesses are not actively monitoring traffic. They also know that the network is most likely easier to hack than a large company with a robust IT security team with sophisticated tools, and an endless budget. A small business is essentially low hanging fruit to hackers.

The best strategy to defend against an army of hackers is to hire a professional Ethical Hacker to identify your technical security vulnerabilities. This type of consultant is an expert in cyber security and is usually contracted to perform testing services, consultation, and make recommendations to reduce security risks. The cost of this type of service is remarkably affordable, especially given the level of expertise needed to perform security assessments. Zelvin Security has been providing proactive Ethical Hacking services since 2002. Our penetration testers are known for their cost-effective remediation strategies.

  1. It Won’t Happen To Us 

Cyber security implementation is seen as a cost-center to most SMB and the actual budget spent on proactive security is ridiculously low. In some cases, small business executives will completely ignore the potential risks associated with computer security with the hope that “it won’t happen to me.” When we inquire about proactive security, we hear comments like: “I don’t have anything a hacker needs” and or the normal response: “We are planning on doing security sometime later this year.” Proactive security is an inexpensive and simple process to improve security and reduce the attack surfaces used by hackers. We can’t make you spend money on proactive security. Hackers, on the other hand, can send you malware, turn your computer network into a Bermuda Triangle, and send you ransomware…tomorrow. It is highly possible and highly likely that you are a target if you are in business. Hackers are in the business of making money by exploiting business owners and every business using computers, email, internet applications, and software are prospective clients of malicious hackers.

Businesses who choose to ignore the risks of a cyber attack is astounding. The only way to overcome this type of mentality is to shift the company culture. Usually this culture shift requires buy-in from upper management and the board of directors. Education regarding proactive security posture techniques and understanding cyber-attacks which have taken place locally are two key areas to start the conversation. Both the Cortland and Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce offer Zelvin Security education programs. If you are interested in attending an event please contact Zelvin Security by email.

3 . Lack of Focus + Lack of Spending = Easy Target

Malicious hackers know that large businesses, with large IT teams have huge IT budgets. Hackers also know that large businesses are willing to spend money on protecting their computer networks and applications. That’s why SMB are the easier target. Most small businesses spend less than 1% of their total budget on cyber security if or when, they spend anything at all. Is this enough to properly defend against advanced and persistent threats? Probably not! How much does your business spend on cyber security?There are several cost-effective and practical proactive cyber security strategies SMB can implement without breaking the budget.

There are several cost-effective and practical proactive cyber security strategies SMB can implement without breaking the budget.

In a ransomware attack most back-ups are compromised and ineffective.

Small Businesses Defend Against Cyber Attacks

Zelvin Security created a "Cyber Security for Small Businesses” program which includes key areas of testing and a technical security review to guard against some of the most common attacks on small businesses. The package is scaled to serve all business sizes including very small businesses. To schedule a confidential, complimentary consultation please contact Zelvin Security today.

Cyber Security Testing for Small Business
– Level I –
    • With Open Source Intelligence Reconnaissance
  • Phishing – Test Employees
  • Incident Response Practice Review
  • Ransomware Defense Strategies
    • Patching and Back-Up Review
Cyber Security Testing for Small Business
– Level II –
  • Including Manual Verification
  • Including Signal Mapping
Cyber Security Testing for Small Business
– Additional Options –
  • Security Architecture Review
  • Phishing Training for Employees
  • Incident Response Plan Implementation
  • Information Security Policy Review
  • Firewall Rule Review
  • Vendor Management
  • Network Penetration Testing
  • Application Penetration Testing
  • Authentication Testing – Networks | Applications
  • Custom Consultation | Custom Security Services | Board of Directors Education
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