No company is too small to be targeted for a cyber attack. According to the National Small Business Association, 42 percent of its members reported being the victim of a cyber attack, and when they do suffer an attack, 60 percent of small businesses will close their doors within six months, according to US National Cyber Security Alliance.
Yet, in some ways SMBs are even more susceptible to cyber attacks than large enterprises. Some SMBs aren’t able to staff a full-time IT professional, let alone bring in someone to handle cybersecurity. Consequently, some don’t see the importance of needing cybersecurity monitoring; they remain convinced that cyber attacks only happen to large enterprises. Others decide to focus on investing in the growth of their business, leaving no budget for security matters. Finally, SMB decision makers may not know what or where risks lie.
Technology Trends Increase Risk
Emerging technologies are a boon to small businesses. Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets allow employees to work more efficiently. Social media makes it much easier – and cheaper – to reach customers.
However, these same technologies that improve business also come with security risks. Without monitoring or formal policies, SMBs have little control over the devices connecting to the network. A visitor to a social media site could share a malicious link that infects the entire system.
Sometimes technology moves too fast for SMBs, and they can’t afford to keep up with the latest software and hardware. Upgrading machines to handle the new versions and training employees on new systems is expensive, so SMBs continue along with the old technology. But that leaves them open for an attack. For example, the Wannacry and Petya ransomware attacks targeted a known vulnerability in Windows for which a patch had been available for months, as well as other outdated, unsupported operating systems that organizations continued to use.
SMBs may not recognize the types of threats that are out there or the steps to take to prevent them. “Remember, most cyber breaches happen because an employee does something that they aren’t supposed to do,” Gary Miller wrote in the Denver Post. If employees aren’t trained to recognize a socially engineered attack or don’t understand how their actions can raise the threat level, it creates even greater risk to the SMB’s data and network.
Bringing Security to SMBs
SMBs don’t have to be a sitting duck for cybercriminals. Through our technology partner, Fortinet, NCA delivers access to enterprise-class security via an adaptive, connected UTM (Unified Threat Management) platform. With UTM, your SMB benefits from the following:
- Scalable, consolidated security options. UTM provides security to the many varied endpoints connecting to the network and scales with your company’s needs.
- Integrated wired and wireless. UTM protects all connections, on and off site.
- Centralized, cloud-based management and reporting. Your network is regularly monitored for anomalies and vulnerabilities.
The Fortinet Connected UTM provides all this with security functions such as firewalls, anti-virus software, secure gateways and VPNs, and URL filtering on a centralized platform with a price structure suited to SMBs.
As a Fortinet partner, NCA can help businesses benefit from consistent, independently top-rated security and single-vendor simplicity.