Why Cyber Security Matters

Cyber security matters for a lot of reasons, but we wanted to narrow them down.  Not only is cyber security good for your business, it is also good for your personal data.  Taking the measures to protect your data may sound taxing, but they will be worth it in the long run.  You’ll pat yourself on the back for it, guaranteed!

So, why invest into cyber security solutions?

1.  If you’re in small business, you can’t afford a cyber attack.

Small businesses are major contributors to our nation’s economy, but cyber protection for small businesses is often low on the priority list.  The small business mindset is often, “We’re the little guys.  What would hackers want from us?”  To answer this simply, a lot.  While you might be a small business, that doesn’t mean you don’t have transaction records, customer information, banking information, etc.  Your information is easy to snatch and hackers know it.  That’s why 43% of cyber attacks target small businesses.  Hackers know you aren’t protecting your data like you should be, and they are ready to take advantage of that.

2.  A data breach could hurt your bank account and reputation.

If you’ve seen the news, you know about the data breaches at Equifax, Arby’s, Gmail, Whole Foods, and Forever 21.  For large corporations like these, a few million dollars spent on getting back customer data isn’t too big of a deal.  Sure, millions of dollars is still millions, but if you’re a small or medium-sized business owner?  Millions could translate into your entire company.  These corporations have taken on the criticism for not securing their systems as tightly for the sake of their customers.  However, the only one who really lost their credible reputation was Equifax.  The other companies?  This is a minor scrape on the knee and most people have forgotten it.  If you’re a small to medium-sized business owner, a data breach could threaten your company’s reputation and your own.

3.  Not all emails are innocent emails.

It’s time to learn the difference!  One in 131 emails contains malware of some kind.  This is known as phishing, where hackers spam your email account with a malicious link.  If you click on this malicious link, a number of things could happen.

Your system could be locked down, a hacker could have control over your data, and they will hold your data ransom for a certain amount of money in exchange for your data.  Or malware could be downloaded onto your computer and that malware could sit in your system for months before it is detected.  This malware could collect your personal data and sell it on the dark web.  Or this malware could send a malicious link from your personal email address to your entire contact list.  Essentially, clicking on a malicious link is never good.  So, learn how to spot a phishing email from our previous blog post, here!

4.  There’s too much ransomware and not enough security.

2017 was a major debut for ransomware.  WannaCry, NotPetya, CrySis, and Spora are a few famous ones from 2017, but there are more out there!  Over 4,000 ransomware attacks occur every day, and you should expect more in 2018.  With so much ransomware in the air, you’re bound to encounter it sometime in the future.  So, what do you do?  Contact us!  We are the experts on protecting your systems, and we are ready for the challenge.  Contact us as step one in the investment into your company’s cyber protection!