If you work in a small- to medium-sized enterprise (SME), you know how challenging securing your technology assets can be. The boss (who is often the owner) wants the same level of security that Fortune 500 companies enjoy. What the boss doesn’t understand is how much that costs, in terms of software, hardware and, most importantly, the specialized talent required to operate it. Sticker shock is a reality when SMEs talk security, and often, the dedicated staff to support security products is forgotten.
Attackers understand the challenges SMEs face, too. And although there are bigger paydays out there, they typically have better security, meaning the SME is an easy target. Some SMEs erroneously believe that they have nothing to lose, no intellectual property (IP) to protect. But that isn’t true. Look carefully at the data on your network. If you wouldn’t publicly post this data on pastebinor email it to a competitor, then it clearly has value—and you should be protecting it. Consider the case of a North Carolina SME fuel distributor that lost $800 million in 2013 to unauthorized Automated Clearinghouse (ACH) transfers after its systems were hacked. They weren’t the biggest target out there, but they still had valuable data that, when compromised, provided a significant payday.
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