#1. Anti-virus programs are generally ineffective

#2. Your firewall faces the wrong way

#3. You are the weakest link in the Cloud

#4. Advising your employees not to open emails from “strangers” is counter-productive

#5. Encrypting your company’s portable devices isn’t enough

Many small-to-medium (SMB) sized businesses believe that they aren’t important or large enough to be targeted by hackers. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Smaller companies in general have fewer resources to spend on defending their networks, yet they have substantial assets that hackers can take. As larger organizations adopt better cyber defenses, many hackers specifically target SMBs as easier targets.

If a hacker targets an SMB, the risks are great. When a hacker intrudes into a business network, they may be able to steal and illegally use customer data, lift employee information (including social security numbers and payroll information) and empty the company’s bank account. In addition to these direct losses, a hacker can use the SMB’s network to attack other targets such as the SMB’s business partners and customers. These consequential third party losses can obliterate goodwill and expose the SMB to costly litigation.

Hacking is becoming an increasingly serious threat to every type of business. Computer virus source code is readily available on the Internet, sometimes for free, making new malware easier to create by professional cyber criminals and “wannabe” hackers alike. New malware is appearing at an estimated rate of 80,000 instances per day.

To learn more read the full white paper.  We’ll talk about the five things hackers don’t want SMBs to know.  We’ll pinpoint what hackers look for when choosing a company to attack. We’ll reveal the damage that they can do. Then, we’ll offer some practical steps that SMBs can take immediately to protect their organizations from outside intrusion.

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