The best approach to cybersecurity is for businesses to approach the topic with good information, and an understanding of the risks to not taking a proactive approach to cybersecurity.
Consider for a moment that 43% of cyberattacks target small businesses. (source: Symantec)
So, Why do nearly half of all cyberattacks target small businesses?
- Small business owners are more likely to pay ransoms
- Small businesses have access to valuable data
- Small businesses provide hackers access into larger enterprises and many other small businesses
- Small businesses often lack adequate cyber-defenses
- It is likely a lot easier to get away with hacking a small business than a large enterprise
A few more statistics to consider
- Only 14% of small businesses rate their ability to mitigate cyber risks, vulnerabilities, and attacks as highly effective (source: 2016 State of Cybersecurity in Small and Medium-Sized Businesses)
- 60% of small businesses go out of businesses within six months of a cyberattack (source: US National Cyber Security Alliance)
- 70% of cyberattacks enter a system through email
Now consider the questions
- Have you been, or do you know if you’ve been hacked before?
- Does your business rely on IT architecture that is running on a Windows XP or earlier operating system?
- How many days can your business operate without access to your network or IT systems?
Who should be paying attention
Generally, every business needs to be paying attention to cybersecurity at some level, however certain sectors are already seeing a trend toward standard cybersecurity requirements to be part of the supply chain. Among others, businesses which supply to the following sectors either must now be NIST 800-171 cyber compliant or soon will be mandated to do so:
- Defense contracts
- Medical device
OMEP, PNDC, and GCAP have partnered to bring this informative discussion on cyber security to Portland. During the day, our presenters will equip the audience with what they need to know about cyber security generally and everything they need to know to get started toward NIST 800-171 compliance. We look forward to seeing you there and getting you connected to the right resources.