Small and midsize businesses are targeted most often by hackers"SMBs are not just targets of cybercrime, they are its principal target", says a U.S. Security and Exchange Commission report from last fall. In fact, the majority of all targeted cyberattacks last year were directed at SMBs.
The New York Times, in its article No Business Too Small to Be Hacked, said that 60% of all online attacks in 2014 targeted small and mid-sized businesses. Of those attacked, more than half (60%) would go out of business within 6 months of a data breach. That's a lot of broken dreams and heart ache because of a lack of security.
SMBs make attractive targets because they often neglect their security or rely on older consumer security software for protection. Money is always an issue, and sometimes the budget doesn't allow for an expensive security package.
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