The need for enterprise security at businesses of all sizes has never been more acute. With attackers roaming the Web and searching for any target — no matter how big or small — it is safe to say that any company is at risk.
But while larger businesses often have a rigorous security program to guard their walls, smaller operations tend to lack such preventive measures. What this means is that SMBs face devastating consequences at the hands of hackers. While it may be the big breaches like eBay’s that get all the media attention, there’s no denying the clear impact of cybercrime on smaller organizations.
Small Businesses Often Overlook Security Preparedness
One of the key reasons small companies represent such an easy target for hackers is that they often do not regard protecting their information and identity with an appropriate degree of seriousness.
According to Business News Daily, a recent study has found that the majority of companies surveyed — 63 percent — worry about malware that’s going unnoticed in the corporate system. This means that not only are smaller organizations anxious about malicious strains, they also admit that they might not know when they’re there. This failure to detect threats on the part of small businesses can be just as damaging as the presence of a bug itself.
Imagine, for instance, that an employee at a small sales firm unwittingly opens a phishing email and, thereby, accidentally unleashes a calculated criminal attack on his company’s server. Because the company is not well guarded, nobody even realizes the malware is there — that is, until money starts disappearing. Unfortunately, this kind of situation is startlingly common for organizations, and monetary losses to things like a phishing attack are seemingly becoming a part of the average small business’ budget planning.
But this doesn’t have to be the case. If businesses that operate on a smaller scale take up the same enterprise security standards as their larger counterparts, they can effectively shield themselves from attack.
According to CPA Practice Advisor, a 2013 study found that more than 60 percent of breaches occurred within smaller businesses. Sure, these aren’t the incursions that are making headlines left and right, but the fact is that smaller companies outstrip larger ones when it comes to being the victim of an attack.
The answer for dealing with this is clear. Just because a company is small doesn’t mean it can’t have big security.