Every day, Small and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) face the fact that cyber attacks, ransomware and the dangers of the Internet of Things (IoT) are looming and always put to the test their ability to protect their information assets.Recent data shows that SMBs are actually the big victims of cyber attacks. They are worthwhile for hackers because, unlike larger organizations, they don’t have the resources, personnel, or budget, or their amount of data. What they have is a valuable business data that can lead cybercriminals to larger companies via unprotected connections.
Whether you're a small business owner or you manage an IT department at an SMBs, it's important to know the number one tactic used to target SMBs is Email, which are the main statistics of cyber attacks that are hitting, what type of attacks and, most importantly, how you can protect your company.
SMBs Can Lead Cybercriminals to Larger Companies
All the smaller and medium-sized businesses connect in some way to larger companies. Cybercriminals know that they can explore smaller firms as a gateway for attacking larger ones, exploring vendor supply chains.
The main thing about ransomware is that it’s most successful with those who feel that they have no option but to accept what the ransom message says. Hackers are well aware that regular people and smaller businesses usually don’t have a way to deal with these attacks, which is why they target them.
They need education on how these attacks function, but also on how to be vigilant. They need to be careful with each email and to avoid clicking suspicious links, even if they seemingly look normal and as if coming from a legitimate source. In the end, they should read up on more tips and advices on how to protect themselves.
It mostly stems from the fact that SMBs are usually the easiest targets for cybercriminals. They know that these types of companies either have less sophisticated methods of protection or don’t care enough about cybersecurity, which gets them to target most of their email attacks at them.
Avoid being an easy target by having quality software installed, using a firewall, antivirus systems, and two-factor authentication among others.
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