Protecting Small Businesses from Cyber Attacks

Unfortunately, many small businesses are not in the financial position to have a dedicated IT department monitoring cyber-threats. According to a US Small Business Committee survey produced earlier this year, 71% of attacks occur in organizations with less than 100 employees. Cyber criminals could be after a multitude of important data including, intellectual property, bank accounts, Social Security numbers, and anything else that can be used for monetary gain or a competitive edge. And just as companies are afforded the technological means to protect themselves from attacks and data breaches, so too are the attackers advancing, evolving from recreational ‘hackers’ to organized crime.

  • Average time attackers stay in a network before detection is over 200 days
  • Estimated cost of cybercrime to the global economy is $500 billion
  • Over 75% of all network intrusions are traced back to compromised credentials
  • Average cost of a data breach to a company is $3.5 million

The idea of cyber-attacks is also a huge reason why a lot of people still shy away from the cloud in general. However, cloud solutions have radically evolved (and are rapidly improving) with better connectivity and security. So how can a small business protect itself from the extensive resources and highly trained personnel behind cyber-attacks? A Strong Defense System.

If you are already a part of the Microsoft Azure family or thinking about it, we have a few recommendations to help you achieve the security you need for your organization. Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) for example, allows for IT departments in organizations to manage all of the devices employees carry with them. It brings together access management, device management and security management. Employees have the flexibility to install any app on their device while your IT team ensure your assets are protected.

Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics also provides organizations with a tool to protect against cyber-attacks. ATA provides you with a simple way to understand what is happening within your network by identifying suspicious users and device activity. Because the intelligence is built in, there is no need for creating rules, fine-tuning, or monitoring security reports; all clear and relevant threat information is presented on a simple attack timeline.

 

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