CYBER SECURITY

CYBER SECURITY

The world would be a better place without state-sponsored cyber attacks… without criminals working to steal your data… without, every so often, one of your own employees becoming a threat. But these are realities we live with today. Proactive measures are the only option. The moment your environment is compromised, it’s already too late. Security is square one. Your technology broker will provide the industry professionals to guide you through the details.

        INDUSTRY STATS

  • Managed Security is expected to grow from $17B in 2016 to $33B in 2021 (Markets & Markets)

  • A new company is hit with ransomware every 40 seconds (Kaspersky Security Bulletin)

  • 91% of companies feel vulnerable to hacks (CFO Magazine)

  • 79% of global companies experienced cybercrime in the past 12 months (Source: PWC/CIO & CSO Magazine, Global State of Information Security Survey)

  • $4 million dollars is the average cost of a security breach (IBM)

58 percent of malware attack victims are categorized as small businesses

It’s true — small businesses are actually big victims when it comes to cyber attacks. Not only do they suffer more malware infections, but the frequency of attacks against SMB's also appears to be on the rise, as well. According to the Ponemon Institute's 2017 State of Cybersecurity in Small & Medium-Sized Businesses report, the percentage of small businesses that have experienced a cyber attack in the past 12 months is up from 55 percent in 2016 to 61 percent in 2017.

One way to interpret those findings is to assume that cybercriminals are explicitly targeting small businesses, but it’s more likely that SMBs simply present more vulnerabilities. After all, it's giving most hackers too much credit to consider them sharpshooters. They tend to utilize opportunistic approaches and techniques that can be better described with terms like "spray and pray." For smaller companies, it’s often simply a matter of being caught in the line of fire without adequate protection.

That said, small business owners should be aware that their companies do represent worthwhile opportunities for hackers. While smaller companies may not have resources or data at the scale of enterprise-level organizations, they do have valuable business data (such as customer information that could be used in identity theft crimes) and can often provide access to larger companies via unprotected connections (ex: the massive Target data breach of 2013 was perpetrated by hacking a small HVAC company first). 

  • PenTest - an attempt to gain access to a network or application via simulated attack; often required for compliance such as PCI

  • Risk Assessment - the practice of evaluating an organization’s or IT environment’s current security posture with suggested recommendations for improvement; often performed in reference to a specific security standard or compliance regulation

  • Managed SIEM - a real-time, managed solution for Security Information & Event Management, designed to provide a holistic view of a customer’s environment and correlate various data sources to identify threats

  • DDoS Mitigation - a solution designed to block Distributed Denial of Service attacks from taking down a network or online application; especially relevant for businesses that do business online

  • Access Control - a technique to regulate who or what can use resources or applications on a network; can include Single Sign-On and Identity Access Management

  • Perimeter Security - a broad approach to fortify the boundaries of a network; may include firewalls, Virtual Private Networks, intrusion detection, and intrusion prevention.

  • Endpoint Protection - a unified solution to protect desktops, laptops, and mobile devices; features include anti-virus, anti-spyware, and personal firewall

  • Incident Response - an organized, forensic approach to investigate and remediate a security breach; can be on-demand or via monthly retainer.

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