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Small Businesses Need Cyber Security, Too!

Targeted cyber attacks – those specifically focused on a single organization – are alarming, and for good reason. They pose an aggressive threat to a company’s sensitive data. They can cost businesses millions of dollars. And they can even shut the doors on firms that are ill-equipped to recover from a major breach.

But the malicious souls behind these attacks are carefully selecting their intended victims, so they’re only a concern for the largest organizations … right?

As large organizations increase their spending on cyber security and tighten up their defenses, hackers are increasingly shifting focus toward small and mid-size companies. According to Symantec’s 2014 Internet Security Threat Report (PDF), attacks on firms with 500 employees or fewer rose from 36% to 41% of all targeted attacks between 2012 and 2014.

Research suggests that some small businesses have raised the alarms. A recent survey conducted by CSID and Research Now found that among 505 owners of small businesses (those with one to 99 employees), 38% were concerned about the prospect of phishing and targeted attacks. Meanwhile, 63% of respondents claimed that undetected malware is a source of anxiety.

Possibly the most alarming statistic from the survey is that 31% of respondents claimed that their companies are taking no measures to prevent breaches. This is partly because many small businesses lack rich resources – no dedicated security teams, no large cyber defense budgets – to implement secure solutions. The type of sophisticated security operations center (SOC) that large companies deploy against malicious hackers is something smaller groups perceive as being completely out of reach.

However, by partnering with Lunarline even small businesses can leverage state-of-the-art cyber defenses against would-be attackers.

As an affordable alternative to building and maintaining their own cyber-monitoring infrastructure, small companies can put Lunarline’s accredited SOC to work for them, and get round the clock monitoring, with our managed security services solution.

In addition to the real-time insight and critical intelligence, Lunarline also provides a full suite of tools that can kick-start a small business’ cyber-defense strategy.

To learn more about our managed security services and the many other Lunarline solutions that can help protect your small business, contact us today.

Remember: Your business might be small, but that won’t keep it off cyber criminals’ radar.

About Spence Witten

Spence has somehow survived ten years at start-ups and small businesses without suffering a (major) nervous breakdown. As Lunarline's Director of Federal Sales, Spence actually loves working on proposals. If there were any doubt, this is proof that he is in fact certifiably insane. While his title says "Sales" Lunarline doesn't let him off that easy. We make him do real work, too. Luckily he's a recognized subject matter expert in security policy and loves helping clients navigate their way around tricky security compliance standards. He's also been known to lead a software development initiative or two, though that pretty much always ends poorly for everyone involved. He can be reached at spence.witten@lunarline.com.