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.
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.”
“SMBs are not just targets of cybercrime, they are its principal target” says a U.S. Security and Exchange Commission report from last fall. In fact, the majority of all targeted cyberattacks last year were directed at SMBs. The New York Times, in its article No Business Too Small to Be Hacked, said that 60% of all online attacks […]
Last week, we sat down with Alan Scott of the Mid-Valley Literacy Center at Avast’s headquarters. During his time visiting Prague, Alan enjoyed exploring the city and visiting some of its museums in order to escape the (somewhat unexpected) September heat. Located in Keizer, Oregon (USA), the Mid-Valley Literacy Center’s mission is to empower adults […]
In February, Avast launched the world’s first free, easy to use, cloud-managed security offering, Avast for Business, protecting SMBs from viruses and cyberattacks. We conducted a survey amongst our Avast for Business users in the UK to gain further insight into how local SMBs handle their security. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of respondents said that 100% […]
Get your small business up and running with free software. Getting a new business off the ground is not an easy task and can be quite costly, but there are a lot of free software and services available online that your new or small business can use as an alternative to paid-for products. Here is […]
The rule of thumb for managing devices is one IT Administrator for every 100 computers or devices. Five hundred is difficult to manage for an entire IT department, let alone one IT Administrator. But, Gary Myers is up to the task. The Avast team caught up with Myers recently to see what he thinks about […]
Small business owners embrace the idea of employees supplying their own computers, smartphones, and tablets in the workplace. But the savings and convenience can go down the drain if the employee falls prey to a phishing scam and downloads malware or loses their device. Protecting mobile devices has become increasingly more important as Bring Your […]
Luke Walling, GM of Avast for Business, had confidence in the Avast for Business product all along. But the explosion of new customers has surprised and delighted even him. Avast for Business is the industry’s first free, easy to use, cloud-managed security offering that protects small-to-medium-sized business (SMB) from cyber attacks and data breaches. The new […]