Cyber Security Challenges

Hackers do not discriminate based on the size of a business. In fact, some of the smallest businesses contain the most sought after Personally Identifiable Information (PII) – treasure troves about their customers’ homes, cars, boats and financial investments. Even businesses like car washes and restaurants aren’t immune from hacking – after all they are using customer data for monthly mailers and store promotions to market their services, not to mention having transaction data from point-of-sale systems.

If any business, small or large, believes they are immune to cyber security attacks, data loss, and financial penalties due to insecure systems, they are wrong. Home-based business all the way up to enterprises need to take note of some very basic security practices to ensure they are not a victim of the next cyber security breach.

Cyber attacks are increasingly targeting small businesses

According to Small Business Trends, 43% of cyber security attacks target small businesses. Tactics range from phishing and drive-by browser attacks, to web application flaws. This means that hackers are not specifically targeting your business like a named bank or insurance company, but rather using opportunistic, automated techniques to trick individuals into allowing malware into your environment and informing them that a new compromised asset has been added to their manifest. After it is “0wned”, anything from surveillance, data extraction, or ransomware is possible based on the attacker’s motives. Considering most small to medium size businesses do not have full-time information technology staff (let alone part-time security staff), security gaps appear in assets that are not properly identified, documented and remediated in a timely fashion. This leaves them a high risk compared to enterprises simply based on a lack of resources and processes to mitigate evolving threats.

Basic Security Practices to Mitigate the Risks of Cyber Attacks

So what are small and medium businesses supposed to do? First, follow basic security best practices that can mitigate the bulk of the risks:

Second, realize that there are tools in the marketplace for small to medium size businesses to accomplish these recommendations with minimal additional resources. BeyondTrust recognizes that paper-based recommendations are great when a company has resources to implement them (large and enterprise) but when dealing with small to medium size businesses, they need some help and the solution needs to be simple, easy, and cost effective.

BeyondTrust’s PowerBroker Privileged Access Management (PAM) and Retina Vulnerability Management (VM) solutions are considered best-of-breed technology that can operate completely standalone for a small to medium size business, or integrate into the BeyondInsight IT Risk Management Platform (via software, cloud, virtual or physical appliance) to scale to the largest of enterprises worldwide. Clients can manage administrative rights to applications simply by having an Active Directory domain with PowerBroker for Windows or assess for missing security patches using the Retina Network Security Scanner. As the business grows, these solutions can be linked together to provide additional value and streamline use cases.

It is not often you find a company that can provide solutions for everything from a small business all the way up to an enterprise. It is not often you find a company that understands the challenges small and medium size businesses have. BeyondTrust can help with both and make the recommendations for security best practices a reality in your organization. For more information, or to contact a BeyondTrust representative for a one-on-one strategy session or demo, contact us today.