Contact us today!
(800) 588-4430

Telesys Voice and Data Blog

Telesys Voice and Data has been serving the Fort Worth area since 1994, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Don’t Be Like These 14 Million US Businesses and Ignore Data Security

Don’t Be Like These 14 Million US Businesses and Ignore Data Security

If you run a small business, you might consider yourself a small target of hacking attacks. It might make sense to think of it in this way, but this actually is not advisable to think of it in this way. According to a recent survey by CNBC and SurveyMonkey, only two percent of small businesses see cyber attacks as anything worth worrying about. This leads us to the next question… are you one of them?

The survey results found that, despite cyberattacks being at the forefront of most news cycles, that most small businesses of under 250 employees, have greater worries than the security of their data infrastructure. Most seem to think that they aren’t a big enough target for hackers to go after, while others have more pressing concerns.

The reasoning for this change in mindset is simple: limited budgets. Large corporations might be able to spend ample amounts of funds on the latest and greatest security expenditures, but small businesses have less financial leeway, which keeps them from investing large sums of capital into something as necessary as data security. This is precisely the reason why hackers would prefer to go after a small business rather than a large organization--since there aren’t powerful security measures put into place to secure data, hackers don’t have to work as hard to obtain similar results.

For more reasoning, consider the following scenario. Let’s say that you’re a hacker and you are deciding who your next targets should be. You consider a big business with a 25% success chance. That’s not a very solid rate of success, even if hacking into a larger organization would provide you with a larger return. Now, what if you went after a small organization with about a 90% success chance? Eventually, it becomes more reliable to go after many small organizations rather than one large company.

According to CNBC, half of the 28 million small businesses in the United States have been breached at least once in their lifecycle. What a hacker is looking for in a small business can vary, but it almost always includes some sort of personal information or sensitive data. Retail organizations can often become subject to malware which is designed to harvest credentials, like credit card numbers or PINs, while healthcare organizations might be the perfect fit for hackers hoping to steal sensitive personal records.

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what your small business does, you’re at risk whether you want to believe it or not. Even if your organization (somehow) doesn’t hold onto important information that could be valuable for hackers, your infrastructure could be infected with malware and become complicit with a hackers’ commands. Therefore, you have a responsibility as a small business owner to ensure that you’re protecting your business’ technology--even if it’s just so that a hacker can’t turn it against you and use it on other small organizations like yours.

It’s recommended that you implement an enterprise-level security solution like a Unified Threat Management (UTM) tool that can add layers of business-grade protection to your organization’s technology. A UTM includes a firewall, antivirus, spam blocker, and content filter--all of which are designed to take a proactive stance against the many threats found online. It’s just one way that your organization can prevent breaches instead of suffering like the rest.

To find out more about network security and how to protect your business’ future, reach out to us at (800) 588-4430.


No comments yet
Already Registered? Login Here
Monday, 20 November 2017
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Blog Archive

Free Consultation

Sign up today for a
FREE Network Consultation

How secure is your IT infrastructure?
Let us evaluate it for free!

Sign up Now!

Free Consultation

Tag Cloud

Security Tip of the Week Technology Best Practices Cloud Hackers Privacy Business Computing Productivity Malware Business Microsoft Email Windows 10 Internet Backup Hosted Solutions Computer IT Services Network Security Workplace Tips Software User Tips Smartphone Ransomware Managed Service Provider Android Google IT Support Mobile Devices Social Media Business Continuity Hardware Communication Disaster Recovery Managed IT services App Efficiency Browser Office Data Innovation Microsoft Office Windows Data Management Facebook Remote Monitoring Smartphones Upgrade Miscellaneous WiFi Office 365 Network Big Data Holiday Gmail Password Internet of Things Small Business Robot Apps Phishing Hosted Solution Recovery Spam Employer-Employee Relationship Server Productivity Risk Management Apple Avoiding Downtime Artificial Intelligence Word Unified Threat Management Tip of the week Hacker Customer Service Firewall Mobile Device Management Cloud Computing How To Content Filtering Save Money Work/Life Balance Office Tips Outsourced IT Data Backup Settings Data Recovery Health Computers Alert Hacking Data storage Telephone Systems Computing Education Operating System Cybersecurity Cybercrime IT Support Business Management Saving Money Remote Computing Money Managed IT Services Presentation Business Growth SaaS Encryption Social Customer Relationship Management Outlook Passwords Chrome Retail File Sharing LiFi Two-factor Authentication Data loss Twitter Politics Monitors Tablet Best Practice Analytics Vendor Management Lithium-ion battery Google Drive Business Owner Websites The Internet of Things Physical Security Going Green Marketing Taxes Botnet Windows 10 IBM Running Cable Mobile Computing Printing Samsung Bandwidth Competition Tech Support Bring Your Own Device Search Sports Information Technology IT service Cortana Humor Virtualization Computer Care Administration Virtual Reality Virtual Private Network Government Analyitcs Training IT solutions Safety VoIP Paperless Office BYOD Wireless Technology Automobile Upgrades Wireless Budget Maintenance Downtime End of Support IT Management Website communications Wi-Fi Mouse YouTube Collaboration Antivirus User Legal Mobile Device Cabling Mobile Data Managed IT iPhone Hacks Lenovo Unified Threat Management Network Management Downloads Infrastructure Travel Current Events Superfish Laptop VoIP Hard Drives Staffing G Suite Processors business communications systems Virtual Desktop Automation Touchscreen Multi-Factor Security BDR Disaster Motion Sickness Shortcut Augmented Reality Scam Halloween Google Docs Digital Refrigeration GPS Internet Protocol Writing Google Calendar Google Maps PowerPoint Uninterrupted Power Supply Deep Learning Personal Information Patch Management Fun Networking Scary Stories Spyware Consumers Tracking IT Consultant Machine Learning VoIP streamlines Social Engineering Legislation Solid State Drive Meetings Computer Repair Vulnerability Data Security Storage How To Undo Document Management Cleaning Notifications Relocation business network infrastructure Heating/Cooling eWaste IP Address Hard Disk Drive IT Sevices Webcam Alt Codes Electronic Medical Records VPN Google Wallet Techology Dark Data Firefox Identity Theft Crowdsourcing Private Cloud data services Servers Environment Mobile Office Point of Sale Typing Drones Disaster Resistance Buisness Assessment Supercomputer Error User Error Server Management Troubleshooting Help Desk Knowledge Cryptocurrency Mail Merge Proactive IT Consultation IT Budget Phone System Printer Statistics Licensing Address Experience Web Server Bitcoin Update IT Consulting Specifications Digital Payment Software Tips Administrator 3D Printing Bluetooth Project Management Corporate Profile Cameras Windows 8 Chromebook Law Enforcement Data Breach Network Congestion Quick Tips Access Control Domains Entrepreneur Unified Communications Unsupported Software 5G Business Technology WannaCry Application CCTV Emoji Gadget Technology Laws Users Display Time Management SharePoint Public Speaking

Top Blog

Don't be Afraid to Replace Got an older PC that's causing you a lot of issues? Older technology is typically more expensive to run, and after a while, it's cheaper to simply buy a new desktop than it is to continue pouring money into something that always seems broken. It's a great time to buy wo...