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Staying Informed About Cyber Attacks

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Imagine receiving a message stating that your company computer system and data has been locked and that you must pay a ransom to regain access to this critical part of your business. What would you do?

Are small businesses at risk for cyber attacks?

While media coverage focuses on large companies that have been hacked or paid large ransoms to regain access to their data, 43% of cyber attacks target small businesses; 60% of small businesses that are victims of a cyber attack go out of business within six months according to Maddie Shepherd, a contributing writer for Fundera.

How do company employees increase the risk for cyber attacks?

Phishing attacks, messages that try to lure people into clicking on links that have viruses, are among the most common and effective strategies that hackers use to deceive people, including you and your employees. One click on the wrong attachment can lock your entire computer system down.

Another type of phishing attack requests a change of automatic deposit information for payroll or other payments. This can result in payments being diverted to the hacker’s bank account.

Personal information that you and your employees share on social media can also create a risk for a cyber attack on your business. According to William Worrall in an article for Hacked, 98% of cyber attacks rely on the use of social engineering which hackers use to trick people into revealing confidential information that allows them to answer security questions that then give the hacker access to the company computer system.

What steps should you take to protect your business from cyber attacks?

Is your business at risk of a cyber attack? Experts say yes. Is there anything that you can do to protect your company, your employees, and your customers? Yes!

Contact Patrick McNamara of CyberOpsIt for more information: (patrick@cyberopsit.com).

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