No matter what size business you have, what industry you’re in, what kind of computer system you have, your data is at risk. FBI Director, Robert Mueller, has said that there are two kinds of companies in America today: those that have been hacked and those that will be(1). In their recent study PwC reported that 41% of U.S. businesses had experienced one or more security incidences in the last 12 months, resulting in financial loss, intellectual property theft, damage to the company’s reputation, and significant legal and regulatory exposure. They estimated that cyber security incidences cost American businesses somewhere in the range of $2.7 million per average incident(2).
Not my company, you probably think. I’m just a small manufacturer with a handful of key products. I’m just a start-up online retail vendor. I’m a small tech firm. I’m not a multi-billion dollar business, government entity or a big financial institution, so I’m not a target for these guys, right?
Sorry but no. True, the hackers love to go after the big names, and that’s where the big money (and the notoriety that they crave) is. But any company with financial information or customer/vendor/employee lists can be a target, not only in and of itself, but as a stepping stone to a bigger target. So yes, you could be in the cross-hairs. Dell Secureworks(3) has reported that certain industries are particularly attractive to hackers:
That covers a lot of territory. And just because your industry isn’t on the “Most Wanted” list, that doesn’t mean that your info isn’t attractive enough to someone out there with the skills and the will to make it through your defenses. This may be particularly true for small companies that have larger companies as vendors or customers. Suddenly, you are the foot in the door for the larger target. If you’re in business, you’re at risk
CSI can help you keep your data protected and help you stay in compliance through a Security Risk Assessment of your processes, systems and devices.
CSI can help you pinpoint your areas of vulnerability and help you develop a plan that keeps your data and your business safer and more secure.