There have been several hacking incidents in the past year, and the incidents making news always seem to happen to very large companies.
Hackers normally steal customer data, such as names, addresses, phone numbers and credit card details and then use or sell the data in order to make money. The attacks are usually web-based and the hackers try to access the company's data by looking for passwords and security holes in order to access the system. The hackers also frequently try to gain access to the company's email system so they can use this for spreading malware, phishing and spam.
Because of the increase in the report of hacking incidents, as well as enhanced requirements from the federal government, many of the large companies are now increasing their online security systems and the hackers are now focusing their attention on small businesses for their attacks. Instead of attacking one large company, they can now attack several small companies since they are generally an easier target with less secure systems.
The problem presented to small businesses is that many don't have the means to protect themselves from cyberattacks, as compared to the larger companies. Small companies usually have a limited budget and few or no technical experts on staff. It is difficult for them to find the additional money that is needed for their online security systems.
However, there are some basic things you can do to help protect your system as a small business owner. Here are a few of them:
Overall, even small steps toward protection and security can make a big difference, without costing your business a large amount of money. It's better to take precautions and to have a plan instead of waiting for an attack before doing something about security.