Cyber security is more than a buzzword. Today it is an integral part of business management. SMBs (small- to medium-sized business) are a growing target for cyber criminals. Initially, cyber attackers targeted consumers. Then, between 2015 and 2017 big business took the hit as cyber criminals became more skilled and stole the headlines. Things have changed.
According to Verizon’s 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report, SMBs make up 43% of the cyber-attack pie, down from 58% in 2018. Even though there has been a decline, SMBs remain the primary target of interest. And, the price gets higher.
There is no delicate way to put it. SMBs offer higher rewards than consumers and are far easier to infiltrate than big business. They generally feel they lack the knowledge and resources to fight attackers and often pay up without blinking an eye. Paying attackers is becoming a part of the annual budget–just in case. And, with 55% of SMBs suffering some sort of cyber attack, just in case is really . . . more than likely.
According to The Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report 2019, these attacks averaged $119,000 in downtime costs. Many businesses would rather pay than risk that cost, but with adequate security measures and the right backup and data recovery systems in place, this is likely unnecessary. Paying is a double-edged sword.
In November 2018, Cyberedge Group surveyed security professionals around the world, with nearly 30% being from the United States. The result? The 2019 Cyberthreat Defense Report.
- 56.1% of organizations surveyed had been ransomware victims.
- 45.0% paid the ransom.
- 19.2% refused to pay and lost their data.
- 28.8% paid, but lost their data anyway.
Cyber security requires a multi-faceted approach. From staff training to cyber insurance; Zen Techworks faces the problem head on from all its angles. We even back up your cloud.
Many feel they are safe in backing up their data to the cloud, and to be sure, they are safer. Too often, though, they don’t know if the backups were accurately and timely performed, or how to recover the backups quickly should they need to. And, there is the elephant in the room. The cloud gets attacked too.
It is critical to keep your data in multiple, totally unrelated locations. Zen Techworks’ backup and disaster recovery services takes care of this for you, and can have you up and running quickly after a data breach. We verify our clients’ disaster recovery image backups every day. We know they are ready when needed.
Our cyber security management services.
Email is the weakest link in the cyber security chain because it relies solely on human intervention. Zen Techworks provides your staff with ongoing, engaging training.
Generally, when we think of disaster recovery, we think about power outages, fire, flood. We rarely think of the critical role backups play in protecting us from cyber attacks.
An independent backup is stored on a different network than your data and even by a different data storage company than houses your data.
The tedious nature of managing passwords results in many of us taking shortcuts. Whether it be using the same one for many apps or using a password that is far too simple, we create an easy opening into our most valuable data assets.
We guide you through best practices in password management and multi-factor authentication.