With recent news of security breaches attacking large companies like Sony Entertainment and Epsilon, it's easy to think that small businesses don't need to take steps to prevent cyberattacks.
But, according to Armorize, a website security firm, in the last month a group of hackers has infected nearly 30,000 websites, many of which are run by small businesses.
Unfortunately, this seems to be a growing trend.
Focusing cyberattacks on small businesses makes a lot of sense for hackers, as USA Today reports that they often don't have the resources to fend off even the most basic of attacks.
Additionally, attacking numerous small entities allows hackers to stay undetected while still managing to net large profits.
Hackers out for money usually go after small businesses in one of two ways.
If able to acquire administrator passwords, USA Today reports that hackers will add nefarious code to a business' website. This provides them access to servers and thus customer information.
They may also use email and other tactics to install malware programs on business computers, allowing them to steal online banking information, which can easily ruin a small business' credit.
Though you likely won't be able to protect yourself as well as Google, there are still some things you can do to prevent cyberattacks.
In addition to keeping software current and conducting regular anti-virus scans, consider ramping up your computer security by turning off automatic downloads and installing a web application firewall.
Another option is to move your infrastructure to the cloud. According to Business Insider, doing so gives you access to network resources that are sophisticated enough to fight off attacks that might otherwise take you offline.
However, the best way to prevent cyberattacks is to be vigilant about your vulnerabilities and to make sure your staff is well-trained.
- How Small-Business Owners Can Prevent a Cyber Attack (Fox Business)
- Internet Issues (FindLaw)
- Can I Get Busted For Someone Else's Cyber Attack? (FindLaw's Technologist)