Hackers love small businesses. It’s a toxic relationship driven by the convenience of attacking networks that don’t put up much of a fight.
Sure, many cyber criminals would love to score a massive breach at a blue-chip organization. But those deep-pocketed targets can afford significant cybersecurity resources. Instead, these hackers exploit the weaknesses of less-prepared businesses with more modest funding.
Unfortunately, online attackers are correct in their assessment that small businesses are particularly vulnerable to cyber threats. A study by Infocyte, spanning a 90-day period in 2019, found that roughly 22% of participating small businesses reported a ransomware attack. Approximately 72% discovered riskware of some form in their environments.
Ransomware took less time for small businesses to clear out than other malicious applications. That’s largely because the attack type announces itself to users. But these attacks still remained in small businesses’ systems for an average of 43 days. Malware as a whole stuck around much longer. “Dwell Time for malware (non-riskware) averaged over 2 years (798 days) and is a more significant problem for small and mid-sized organizations,” says Infocyte’s Mid-market Threat and Incident Response Report for 2019’s second quarter.
Hardly an ideal amount of time to remediation.
If you are part of a small or medium-sized business, you may be taking cyber attacks seriously but still wondering how to make your systems advanced enough to thwart cyber predators and effectively mitigate the damages they can cause. These types of companies have long felt helpless to fight off advancing cyber threats. Many have relied on their relative obscurity as a deterrent. But that approach has been disastrous.
Small businesses do have options available within their limited budgets. Just consider third-party cybersecurity organizations. Managed security services are on the rise in popularity, as they allow groups of any size access to full-scale SOCs through outsourced operations. Additionally, training programs for employees — who hold the keys to your network security — are a vital, if often overlooked, part of the equation.
Lunarline is prepared to help your business end the toxic relationship with hackers through education, managed services, consulting and more. To learn about the solutions we provide, contact us online today.