Many of us spend our working lives in our inbox. Email remains one of the most widespread business communication tools – but that also means it’s one of the biggest entry points for cyberattacks. According to our 2019 CISO Benchmark Report, enterprise security leaders consider email to be the number-one threat vector, and it’s not hard to understand why. Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigation Report – to which we’re a contributor – found that email is the number one vector for both malware distribution (92.4%) and phishing (96%).
If you’ve ever been to a night club, then you’ve probably encountered a bouncer or two. They’re there for a good reason: a keen eye and some good protection are the key to keeping party guests in line. Automated cyber security operates on your systems much like bouncers at a party or a nightclub do: it makes sure only invited guests are allowed in and monitors everyone in case of trouble, quickly ejecting an offending party and ensuring that everyone else has a great time (aka uninterrupted business growth and profitability).
Why do cyber criminals target small businesses, when there are potentially fewer rewards for them?One reason is that when small businesses are in a ransomware predicament, they have to weigh up the costs of paying the criminals against not paying and experiencing downtime. Due to a lack of preparedness for a ransomware attack, sometimes the cost of paying the ransom works out cheaper.