I could not agree more with this Huffington Post blogger. Small business is the soft under belly of network security and everyone needs to wake up. Think about it, small business have just as valuable data as the large organization, and their security is weaker. So it makes them an obvious target to siphon data from.
Its a two front problem. these smaller businesses contain valuable customer information the attackers salivate over, and should these less secure businesses have secure connections, username and password to a larger organization, then its a twofer for the attacker. More disturbing is these side doors may not be discovered for 3-6, months, an estimate many security firms are showing, so its a pretty serious problem.
It’s not necessarily their fault though. The cost for security can be very expensive, which forces them to purchase out of the box solutions that sometimes gives them a false sense of security, not mentioning their security talent may not be there.
By Francesco Trama
“Smaller targets can mean big rewards for cyber criminals
Small and medium-sized businesses are equally susceptible to attacks from hackers as are large entities and even government agencies. According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, an astonishing one in five small businesses falls victim to cyber crime each year. Even more frightening: According to an August 2013 story in PCWorld, of those small businesses whose systems are breached, roughly 60 percent go out of business within six months after the attack.”