Neglecting your cyber security is an extremely high-risk gamble that can result in disaster as you will inevitably become a victim of cyber crime. Even if you aren’t a digital business, if you have some form of IT at your business (which you probably do) such as email, cyber criminals will not hesitate to target you, no matter your size or the industry you work in.
No business is too small to be targeted…
Small businesses tend to be the most common victims of cyber crime. Cyber criminals specifically target small businesses because, unlike large companies, they generally have weak cyber security. This can be due to budgetary constraints or small business owners’ misjudged belief that their business offers no value to cyber criminals and thus are not targeted.
Cyber criminals are aware of this dangerous attitude on the part of small business owners and know that, with little effort, they can turn a profit attacking small businesses.
Nearly half of small businesses have fallen victim to a cyber attack, with 60% of those affected closing their doors within 6 months.
Combating cyber crime
Not protecting your business can have severe consequences beyond those that are financial. If your systems are compromised, your business can actually serve as a launch pad for cyber crooks to begin further attacks on your contacts and beyond.
Hackers aim to:
- Gain funds
- Access data
- Use your network as part of their “reach” for further cyber crimes
- Infect more people via your trusted reputation and status
If hackers can infect your computer using malware that steals keyboard entries, then your sensitive information such as usernames and password will fall into criminal hands. This can include online banking details, email account logins or cloud-based services you log into on your PC. Even if the hackers don’t personally benefit, they’ll sell your details on the black market.
Accessed data could be used for ransom – they can either create copies of the data, or they can use ransomware to lock you out of your files. Cyber attacks involving ransomware can also result in a complete IT shutdown, impacting many business operations such as VoIP systems, Internet connectivity and even system functionality. Either way, it’s a cyber crime which can impact you greatly.
Once hackers have compromised your IT systems, they can use your name and reputation to aid in further attacks – against your network of contacts. Once they have your credentials, they exploit your trusted status and work their way around your contact network, masquerading as the user of a compromised email account, for example.
To help prevent hackers gaining access to your credentials, business systems, finances and data, Neuways provide a range of cyber security solutions that will help to protect every single aspect of your business from all known attack vectors used by cyber criminals.
Our cyber security solutions
Neuways are partnered with a number of industry-leading security solutions providers. For these outstanding solutions, we offer Managed Security Services whereby we can monitor your cyber security in real time and protect your business more effectively.
Our cyber security solutions include:
- Cloud-based anti-virus
- Unified threat management and advanced persistent threat management
- Web and content filtering
- Next-generation firewalls
- Mobile device management
- Multi-layered security
- Email protection
- Cloud backup, disaster recovery and business continuity
- Email archiving
- Data leak prevention
- Content security
Neuways are dedicated to informing you on the most accurate and cost-effective advice, ensuring you are fully protected in the process.
Compromising on cyber security is a high-risk strategy that will often lead to large, unbudgeted expenses in the event of a cyber attack on your business.
If you require further information on safeguarding your business against cyber crime, contact Neuways today.