June 13, 2016 | Cyber Threats to the Small Enterprise

Cyber Threats to the Small Enterprise

Ameri-X-Guard Inc. | June 13, 2016

Cybercriminals too often prefer to target smaller businesses because it has been proven that automation makes it both easy and lucrative to find and exploit the vulnerabilities most commonly found within smaller enterprises. The root causes most often cited include:

  • Under Resourced - Lack of Time & Other Resources Dedicated Towards Cybersecurity
  • No Verification - Overreliance on IT Support Services and Failure to Employ Independent Cybersecurity Expertise
  • No Training - Lack of Cybersecurity Risk Awareness & Other Employee Training
  • Outdated Technologies - Failure to Maintain Current Cybersecurity Defenses
  • Unsecured Endpoints - Failure to Harden Endpoints Using Proven Configurations 1

Cybercriminals also view smaller businesses as attractive targets because they can often be used as pivot points into larger enterprise networks. As business-to-business interactions become ever more intertwined, more and more small enterprises find themselves with privileged access via partnerships within the supply chains of larger enterprises. 1

Unfortunately cybercrime is growing. The criminals are making money and this in turn continues to further accelerate the expansion of their sinister capabilities. The Dark Internet Market is booming. Malware and even ransomware as a service are now commonplace. Data and identity thefts continue to make headlines. Adding to this cybercrime wave, our world is growing ever more interconnected. The age of the Internet of Things (IoT) is upon us. 2

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1 Armerding, Taylor. Why criminals pick on small business. January 12, 2015. http://www.csoonline.com/article/2866911/cyber-attacks-espionage/why-criminals-pick-on-small-business.html.

2 Schrader, Carolyn. Top 2016 Cyber Threats for Small Businesses. January 11, 2016. http://www.nationalcybersecurityinstitute.org/small-business/top-2016-cyber-threats-for-small-businesses.

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