What Makes You Think Your Small Business Can’t Be Breached?

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Your business isn’t large enough to attract cybercriminals, right?

Wrong.

Small business cybercrime is a growing concern among both business professionals and consumers who provide their personal information to these organizations.

Despite their size, small businesses hold a plethora of both company and customer personal information. And, since these smaller companies work with smaller budgets, and limited or outsourced IT security groups that collect customer information, they are more likely to experience a security breach. This often leads to identity theft and fraud against the small business or its customers. In a criminal’s point of view, breaching a smaller business’s network is easier, less expensive and will be harder for an organization to detect — allowing them to maximize on their investment Continue reading

What Small Businesses Need to Know about POS Systems

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Point-of-sale (POS) systems are making headlines after four different POS providers suffered data breaches in the past year — exposing customer information at a variety of small businesses.

These businesses entrusted their POS providers with protecting customer information but were quickly subjected to harsh backlash from their defrauded consumers — 28 percent of fraud victims will avoid businesses post-fraud — bringing to light the importance of selecting a reputable provider.

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Rebuilding After a Breach

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In 2014, the Identity Theft Resource Center reported that more than 85 million confidential files were compromised in data breaches. That’s 85 million customers, employees and patients who were failed by organizations they entrusted with their personal information.

Those who are exposed must contact their banks, scour their statements for signs of fraud, monitor their credit report and possibly work with law enforcement officials and creditors to reclaim their identity. They won’t forget this brush with identity fraud anytime soon and as a small business owner neither should you. Continue reading

The Four Stages of a Small Business Under Cyber Attack

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With the growing number of cyber attacks on businesses—including Target, Home Depot, Kmart and Staples—attacks can easily seem commonplace in today’s increasingly connected world. Cyber attacks lead to exposed personal, financial and business information. These exposed documents may jeopardize the security of your customers’ or employees’ identities, create fraud within your business or simply leave you with a hefty IT bill to repair the damage.

As a small business owner, you might not have a fully stocked IT department monitoring cybersecurity around-the-clock. But even the most basic understanding of a cyber attack against a small business will allow you to spot vital warning signs, thwart unwanted digital attacks and prepare for the future. Continue reading