Busting Cyber Myths – I’m too small to be a target

There are many myths about cybersecurity created unhelpfully in part by the industry itself and by the way in which the issue of cybercrime is reported in the mainstream media.

One of the most common myths that we hear people say is; ‘They won’t target me. My business is too insignificant.’ In reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The size of your business often doesn’t matter to a hacker and in many cases the smaller you are, the more appealing you are. After all, if you have something to sell, then you have something to steal.

Things like Intellectual property and even business connections with larger enterprises all have value.

Often, smaller organisations are part of a supply chain and can provide a way into a much larger organisation. Smaller businesses tend to have less ability to implement effective cybersecurity either due to a lack of knowledge, lack of skills, resource and/or a small budget.

A way in?

Organisations of all sizes need to be aware of others in their community. Many of the breaches reported are often the result of third-parties and supply chain members subordinate to the breached organisation being hacked.

At XQ Cyber we understand that doing the basics can be hard. If you’re a smaller organisation, then your enemy is primarily a lack of knowledge and the difficulty of employing and keeping cybersecurity professionals.

Another major challenge is not knowing where to go for advice and avoiding being ripped off.

The stats don’t lie

43% of all cybercrime occurs against small businesses and around half of all global cyber-attacks are reportedly against organisations with fewer than 250 employees.

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Avoid becoming a target

Hacking by hand is increasingly less common due to the rise of Exploit Kits and cybercrime as a service. Most of the users of these services aren’t geniuses or making millions from hacking big corporations. In reality, they use Exploit Kits and rented attack services at random in the hopes of getting lucky by making some cash from as many victims as possible. They can scan huge numbers of connected devices and servers as they seek a vulnerability that they can exploit.

Nowadays, it’s probably not a human directly that will discover you at all, but rather a machine seeking out vulnerabilities.

Implementing the basics

Cybercriminals are just like any other in that they seek out the easiest targets and tend to avoid the hard to crack places. By implementing cybersecurity basics such as patching and properly configuring your networks, you’ll be in way better shape and less likely to be exposed to the cyber attacker's radar.

How can CyberScore™ help?

CyberScore™ is easy to use. Once installed onto an organisation’s network it automatically analyses the data it gathers, identifies any vulnerabilities found and conveys this information back to the user. The security of an organisation is rated from 1-10 for external security and A-F for internal. As well as the score the user has the option of a Get-Well Plan that offers in-depth jargon-free advice on how to improve the score if needed.  

Want to learn more about how XQ CyberScore™ can help secure your business? Visit our website at www.xqcyber.com/cyberscore and if you want to give yourself the very best protection against cyber security threats try our CyberScore™  software for free now.

Also, read:

Changing Attitudes to Cybersecurity and Cybercrime

Get the cyber security basics – Get Cyber Essentials certified

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