Cyber Attacks Still Threaten Small and Mid-Sized Companies

Amidst the recent news about Apples very own Developer
Website being the victim of a hacking
attack, it should become clear how problematic malicious cyber behavior has
become. News of cyber attacks are frequent in occurrence and broad in impact,
spanning industries as varied as micro-computing and oil-exploration. As long
as you are online, you are a possible subject.

The National Cyber Security Alliance has extended this
warning to smaller and medium sized businesses as well, not just the Apples
and Microsofts of the world. The organization reports that cyber
attacks on smaller business entities
generally end up costing those
companies an average of about $180,000. More alarmingly the data also reflects
a devastating trend where 2/3 of these businesses also end up being forced out
of business within the first 6 months following such attacks. Yet the most
recent study by the NCSA still identifies a large amount of complacency
regarding the seriousness of the situation. Almost a full 50% of the polled
businesses stated that hacking incidents were isolated and would not impact
their own operations.

Your business network, customer information, and operational
data your business depends on can be compromised with poor WiFi security.
Thats really it. Hackers are by definition opportunistic in the nature of
their criminal endeavors. This means that they will compromise a network not
because it was part of the plan but simply because they happened to stumble
across a poorly protected IT infrastructure. Strong passwords, firewall
applications and some antivirus programs offer one layer of protection, but a
solid security strategy requires a multipronged approach that spans both
hardware as well as software.

However, just as it has become easier for hackers to
identify potential victims it has also become easier for businesses to protect
themselves. Security companies offer protection packages that are tailored to
small and medium sized operations, as opposed to the elaborate and very
expensive systems implemented at large corporations. EVS understands the need
to scale your own security and fraud prevention
in order to fit the size and scope of your companys operations.
Solutions such IdentiFlo
and IdentiFraud
ID verification and authentication platforms ensure only those people
authorized to access your systems will and more crucially, those people
actually are who they tell your network they are!

[Contributed by EVS Marketing]

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