Five Cyber Crime Factoids (Reader Discretion Is Advised)

No hype needed. Here are the facts.

  1. According to a 2016 report from Small Business Trends, 43 percent of cyberattacks target small businesses. These aren’t crimes of opportunity anymore. Smaller businesses usually deploy easier defenses to hack, which transform those networks into gateways to the networks of the people and companies they do business with.
  1. The average cost of a data breach to a small or medium-sized business is $42,000. That doesn’t include damage to the company’s reputation, or money lost when clients take their business elsewhere.  nohypeheadline
  1. Once attacked, 60 percent of small businesses close their doors forever within six months. No comment necessary.
  1. Thirty percent of all delivered malware is classified as “zero-day.” That means your Anti-Virus software and other signature-based systems will miss almost a third of all threats. Equally alarming is the other side of that coin: Seventy percent of them rely on previously identified techniques. For example, despite being an old trick, many spear-phishing attacks still include documents with malicious macros.  And they still get through.
  1. This might be the most infuriating statistic we’ve found: 97% of all breaches could have been stopped by current technology. But who can afford the latest versions of that current technology? And who can dedicate experienced personnel to actively monitor and manage that technology?

There’s good news:  We are in the business of delivering Enterprise-class security solutions – which include Incident and Event Monitoring, a brand new state-of-the-art firewall, active, real-time firewall management, and genuinely secure wireless – for as low as $795 per month.

Big business security at small business prices. Go figure.


Categories: Current News and Events, Data Security, Managed Security, SLPowers

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