In the past 12 months, 50% of small businesses have experienced a security breach through a cyberattack. A small business cyberattack is defined as the alteration of a computer’s data, coding, or logic through the use of malicious code, which can lead to other cybercrimes like identity theft, fraud, and more.
Many small business owners think they’re not at risk of being a victim of a cyberattack, but that is not the case. Not only are small businesses at risk, but small businesses can be more appealing to hackers because they don’t have proper security protections in place. No matter what size the business is, it’s important to protect both its physical and digital valuables. A clearly defined cybersecurity plan is equally as important as a clearly defined company culture—perhaps even more so.
In a small business, especially one just starting out, it can be difficult to find the time and money to ensure a proper cybersecurity plan is in place. Furthermore, it can also be difficult to ensure all employees are aware of cyberattack risks and are trained on the cybersecurity plan. Because of this, many malicious hackers will purposely target small businesses knowing they have a good chance of getting past their poor or nonexistent security program. For example, healthcare providers, which are often small businesses, are one of the most vulnerable types of organizations. In 2016, 27 million patient records were affected by cyberattacks!
So what types of cyberattacks should small businesses protect themselves against?
Below are the three most common types of small business cyberattacks to watch out for:
- Phishing scams
- Web-based attacks
- General malware
A phishing scam refers to those attacks in which hackers aim to trick users into either giving personal information or clicking on spam links. If a hacker receives this personal information, like an address, bank account, or social security number, they’ll be able to quickly take over the user’s identity and steal information from the business.
Threats that may be found while browsing the Internet are referred to as web-based attacks. Users who don’t use security programs on their computers are easy targets for these types of attacks. These attacks take place when the user is prompted to download or install some type of software, which in turn allows the hacker to steal the user’s information.
General malware attacks can be posed as an email with a seemingly harmless link or attachment. When the user clicks on the link or attachment, a virus immediately infects their computer. The virus can the lock the user out of all of his or her files and drives on the computer, or infect the entire network.
Understanding why cybersecurity is so important is just the first step. You must invest in proper cybersecurity and educate and train your employees so they understand their responsibilities as they relate to your cybersecurity program.
Has your business every fallen victim to hackers, phishing scams, or ransomware? Let us know how you bounced back from cyberattacks and what new cybersecurity measures you put into place.
Imagine if you will, that it’s 2006 again. The housing bubble has just burst, and the US economy is teetering on the brink of what will end up being the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression. People are scared for the futures of their companies, and are cutting corners at every possible turn. No one is very eager to spend money on team building.
Ice breakers and puzzle games have their place, but sometimes you just want to get together as a group, and play. Here at TeamBonding, encouraging play is what we’re all about! When you play as a team, you develop and strengthen social bonds, which makes working together a more rewarding experience all around. With this in mind, we’re excited to share a free game for you to play with your team the next time you need to relax and have some fun.
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In this series of articles, we take five minutes to chat with a member of the TeamBonding team so you can get an idea of the sort of people we are. In this installment, we talk to Wendy, our new Director of Event Operations, about her favorite place in the world and the most important things in life.
In this series of articles, we take five minutes to chat with a member of the TeamBonding team so you can get an idea of the sort of people we are. In this installment, we talk to Cathrine, our new Sr. Events Manager, about her favorite place in the world, music, and her favorite food.
I’m Joyce Ngo – public relations enthusiast, student, and currently TeamBonding marketing intern. This summer as part of my internship I will be focusing on social media and bringing the experience of the events and programs we do to the mass public from my perspective. You’ll get a behind the scenes view of what happens before the event and the preparation that goes into it. I’ll be posting blog posts about my observations and experience at each event. Basically, you’ll get to see what Joyce the Intern sees, no fluff. This time I went to a Team Cuisine event.
I’m Joyce Ngo – public relations enthusiast, student, and currently TeamBonding marketing intern. This summer as part of my internship I will be focusing on social media and bringing the experience of the events and programs we do to the mass public from my perspective. You’ll get a behind the scenes view of what happens before the event and the preparation that goes into it. I’ll be posting blog posts about my observations and experience at each event. Basically, you’ll get to see what Joyce the Intern sees, no fluff. This time I went to a Team Teddy Rescue Bear.
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