Small businesses often assume they are safe from cyber attacks because they are too small to be of interest to hackers. Many small businesses also mistakenly assume they have taken adequate measures to protect themselves. This infographic highlights the risks faced by small businesses from hackers as well as gives a few tips to help safeguard against attacks.
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Small businesses and the Internet
- 66% say that their businesses depend on the Internet for day-to-day operations
- 72% of the known hacker breaches in 2011 affected businesses with 100 employees or less
- 50% of small businesses think they are too small to be a hacker target.
- 40% of corporate cyber attacks were targeted at companies with 500 employees or less
- 85% believe they have taken adequate measures to keep safe from hackers
In Reality, Basic Malware Safeguards are Lacking
- 67% don’t use web-based security/service
- 61% don’t use antivirus on all desktops
- 47% don’t use security on mail server/services
- 40% don’t use a security suite on all desktops
- 63% Do not have any security on systems used for online banking
- 77% Do not have a formal written Internet security policy
- 56% Do not have polices that clarify what websites employees can use
- 63% Do not have policies regarding how their employees use social media.
What do they (attackers) take?
|Type of Attack||Small Business||Large Business|
|Payment Card Numbers / Data||96%||4%|
|Bank Account Details||62%||38%|
|Sensitive Organizational Data||35%||65%|
- Average cost to a small-medium business from a cyber-attack is nearly $188,242
- Within 6 months 60% close permanently
- Within 2 years 90% close permanently