Defending Your Small Business Against Cyber Crime

by nCircle

Jul 26, 2012

Download It is said that the notorious gangster Willie Sutton once offered up a simple reply when asked why he robbed banks: "Because that's where the money is." In today's digital world, it is likely gangs of criminal hackers would share a similar sentiment when asked about targeting businesses.

But it's not only large enterprises that have information worth targeting - small to midsized businesses (SMBs) contain their share of valuable data as well. From credit card information to employee records, the small businesses frequented by customers across the country face the same type of threats as big business. There is one major difference, however - most of the time, SMBs do not have the same types of resources to throw at the problem.

The easier an organization makes life for an attacker, the more likely it is they will be hacked. It is imperative then, that SMBs take stock of the digital walls guarding their environment and work to close any holes before attackers sneak through. This is where vulnerability scanning can bolster security defenses. As the saying goes, "To fail to plan is to plan to fail" and assessing security is a good first step in any security plan.