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THE Top 10 IT Pitfalls of SmB’s

ARE YOU SECURE?

Is your business protected from digital threats?

In today’s digital age, cyber threats are on the rise, small to mid-sized businesses are prime targets. A well executed cyber attack can cripple a small business and even open them up to litigation if protective measures aren’t taken.

46% 87%
Of cyber attacks are on small businesses according to the 2022 Verizon DBI Increase in IoT cyber attacks in the year 2022

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THE TOP 10 PITFALLS

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The 2022 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report revealed that 46% of breaches involve small businesses. This statistic powerfully counters the common misconception that cybercriminals only target large corporations. In reality, SMBs are frequently targeted due to factors like limited cybersecurity resources. It’s a critical wake-up call for small business owners to recognize their vulnerability and take proactive steps in cybersecurity.

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Many business owners don’t prioritize cybersecurity, thinking they are at a lower risk or that cybersecurity is an expense they can’t afford. However, most breaches are enabled by human error, meaning that improving cyber hygiene can significantly reduce your risk.

MORE CRITICAL THAN YOU THINK



Are your employees trained to recognize phishing attempts? Do they understand the importance of strong passwords? Regular employee training is crucial to mitigate the risk posed by human error.

WEAK PASSWORDS



Encourage your employees to use strong, unique passwords and implement multi-factor authentication wherever possible. This adds an extra layer of security that can make all the difference.


SOFTWARE UPDATES



Keeping your software and operating systems up to date is vital. Cybercriminals often exploit known vulnerabilities in outdated software, and regular updates are your best defence.

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Don’t assume that data loss won’t happen to you. Regularly back up your company’s critical data and ensure that these backups can be successfully restored in case of an incident.

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Many small businesses assume they aren’t targets of digital attacks and as such don’t have propoer protocols in place that could have protected them. Without clear and enforceable security policies, your employees may be left in the dark about how to handle sensitive data or respond to security incidents. Establish formal policies and communicate them clearly to all employees.

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