It seems like every other day we hear another story about a massive data and security breach at a major corporation or public institution. If you own a small to medium-sized business (SMB), perhaps you think that these types of threats don’t concern you — that your company is too small for anyone to notice or bother with a cyberattack.
We’ve discussed why SMBs are such attractive targets to cybercriminals, and what the key vulnerabilities are, but let’s talk now about how to protect these attack surfaces. Once an MSP identifies all the physical and virtual computing devices in their SMB client’s organization, the next step is to secure all the data, as well as the devices, and to put measures in place to protect the SMB’s people.
You’ve probably heard countless terms relating to cybersecurity, but here we are going to focus on just one: attack surface. An “attack surface” is simply the number of possible ways an attacker can get into a device or network and extract data. It’s an especially important measurement for SMBs because most think they are too small to be a target, but a quick look at their attack surface shows that it is in fact quite large, increasing their exposure to risk.
Endpoints are an easy target for hackers, so it’s essential that small businesses protect themselves. Connected employees, vulnerable software and weak antivirus all contribute to this being a favorite target of hackers. And, as the list below details, there are many types of cyberattacks that target endpoints, from phishing to malvertising.
Our new Avast Business endpoint security products are once again in the spotlight, highlighted in CRN’s 2018 Security 100 list of the 20 Coolest Endpoint Security Vendors.
For small business owners, cash flow and sales are top of the agenda, leaving little time to focus on cybersecurity. Many small businesses will never reach a size at which they need or can afford a devoted IT support person, let alone a whole department. Of course, this doesn’t mean small businesses don’t need to protect themselves from cyberattacks. Thankfully, there are easy ways that SMB owners can manage their cybersecurity, protect their devices and prevent data breaches without an IT department.
Golden West Technologies delivers managed security, infrastructure, wide-area networking, and unified communications services to small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) in western South Dakota. The Rapid City-based company serves a wide spectrum of industries, including state and local governments, banking, healthcare, education, mining, manufacturing, and Native American tribal organizations. “Our managed services focus gives us a geographic advantage,” explains Operations Manager Chris Brickey, “as we can remotely deliver a range of IT and security services to a broad mix of customers across the state without adding physical locations or new staff.”
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Headquartered in Peoria, Illinois, Advanced Technology Services (ATS) has been providing IT and managed services for some of the largest brands in the U.S., Mexico, and United Kingdom since 1985. In addition to global enterprises, ATS als…