This cybersecurity guide aims to help small business owners protect their companies against endpoint threats by arming them with appropriate knowledge. Below is a step-by-step introduction to cybercrime followed by our list of the top five endpoint threats affecting small businesses.
Endpoints are an easy target for hackers, so it’s essential that small businesses protect themselves and invest in a solid endpoint security solution from the beginning. Connected employees, vulnerable software and weak antivirus all contribute to this being a favorite target of hackers. And, as the list below details, there are many types of cyberattacks that target endpoints, from phishing to malvertising.
Unknown sender or spear phishing (spoofed emails)
The ‘too good to be true’ email
Out of date antivirus
Unpatched software e.g. apps, programs, operating systems
Malware and advertising
Downloads the user is unaware of
Known downloads that the user thinks are safe
Attacks that steal data
With multiple people and locations, big businesses carry a lot of risks and have a lot to lose. But they often have big budgets and devoted IT teams who handle antivirus. Small businesses, while having fewer endpoint risks, often don’t have devoted teams or individuals. Which is why it is essential to have high-quality antivirus software that keeps your employees’ machines updated with the latest protection and have all patches/updates applied across the business in a timely fashion.
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