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The Small Business Guide to Cybersecurity
June 13, 2024
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Do you think cybercriminals are too busy targeting the likes of Home Depot, Marriott, and Google to bother with your small business? Think again.

Some 71% of cyberattacks occur at businesses with under 100 employees. Cybercriminals know that small businesses tend to be easy targets and that accessing a small business’s computer networks often gives them entrée to client and vendor networks, too.

In this eGuide, you’ll learn about the biggest cybersecurity risks facing small businesses, the 3 most common cyber threats, how to secure your business, and how to respond to a data breach.

For a small business, the cost of a data breach can be devastating. The average cyberattack costs a small business $34,604. Since it takes an average of 191 days for a small business to become aware of a cyberattack, companies that are attacked once are often hit again.

No wonder nearly 60% of companies go out of business within six months of a cyberattack. The stakes are high. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to prevent a cyberattack—and survive one if you’re hit.

Topics covered include:

  • Why cybercrimes are growing during the covid crisis
  • Why employees are often the weak link in your business’s defenses—and how to empower them to be more diligent.
  • What additional layers of protection beyond anti-virus software should you use
  • How ransomware and cryptocurrency mining work
  • What are the best ways of creating strong passwords
  • How to spot fraudulent emails
  • How to protect computers, servers, mobile devices, wi-fi routers, and other network-connected devices, such as printers, copiers, switches, etc.

Cybercriminals are crafty—but you can outsmart them by being aware of the risks and implementing cybersecurity best practices. Educate your employees, implement a cybersecurity policy for your business, and put the proper protections in place. Taking these simple steps will help to prevent your business from becoming a statistic.

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