Cybersecurity trends are up in the IT industry and what we are hearing the most, is ransomware attacks on “soft targets”.
What exactly is a soft target?
Here is a list that usually fits the description:
- Employee count – less than 50 staff
- Company usually relies on technology that is outdated and unprotected
- A targeted business is one that is not regulated and doesn’t have highly treasured information some examples of businesses include: bakeries, florists, cleaning services, small hotels, dry cleaners
- Does business with large businesses. An example, a small manufacturer of baby swaddles and other gift items that produces swag from a larger business.
- Business revenue is less that $1M, a cybersecurity expense is not factored into a small budget
Passwords – simply don’t use simple passwords. Hackers can easily guess your mother’s maiden name, your SIN # or your dogs name.
Small firms – a 3 or 4 person firm usually don’t budget for anything more than a basic off the shelf product. The reputational damage that a small business can experience when they are hacked becomes public and can have long lasting effects.
What You Can Do
Find a Managed Services Provider and have an audit completed on your business. MSPs can help you identify security gaps and provide advice. Awareness training for staff will also go a long way.
ARC Managed Services is more than happy to help you get started, your security is our number one priority! Contact us at [email protected]