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No company is immune: How to protect your small business from a cyber attack

Business is booming for cyber criminals. In the past year, large scale cyber attacks made frequent headlines. What you likely didn’t read or hear about, though, were all the small businesses affected. Their stories don’t often make it into the news – but it’s not because they’re immune to this disruption. In fact, it’s quite the opposite – small businesses are usually more vulnerable as they often don’t have the budget for next-generation IT security defences and often consider themselves to be flying under the radar.  

However, just like their larger counterparts, these businesses collect and store vital, often sensitive, information and increasingly have an online footprint, putting them in a vulnerable position that cyber criminals are quick to take advantage of. For instance, a single user tricked into clicking a link in a phishing email can lead to an entire network outage, leaving a small business owner with only

Read more at: http://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/no-company-is-immune-how-to-protect-your-small-business-from-a-cyber-attack

Small potent doses of illegal drugs are evading authorities but having a huge impact

Small quantities of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl are being smuggled past customs barriers and used to create recreational drugs, which are spreading at an alarming rate with the help of cryptocurrencies.

Fentanyl, for example, has a massive multiplier effect – a mere 10 grams could produce as much as three kilograms of 33% pure synthetic heroin valued at about US $150,000 in the Australian illicit market.

United Nations illicit drug user surveys and seizures suggest recreational drug use is on the rise. This is especially so with synthetic opioids and new psychotic substances such as fentanyl derivatives and synthetic cannabinoids (for example, Kronic). Fentanyl and its derivatives not only pose a risk to recreational drug users, but are also increasingly controlled by organised crime.

A fatal dose of fentanyl can be as little as two milligrams; the equivalent of four grains of salt. Other versions of fentanyl are

Read more at: http://theconversation.com/small-potent-doses-of-illegal-drugs-are-evading-authorities-but-having-a-huge-impact-87081

Protecting small businesses from cyber crime

Main Street America is on the front lines in the fight against cybercrime. Although major hacks of large corporations regularly fill the news, our small businesses are actually being attacked more regularly–and with increasing frequency. In fact, about 71 percent of data breaches occur in businesses with fewer than 100 employees.

Individual criminals, foreign entities and “hacktivists” create increasingly sophisticated ways to come after intellectual property, finances and personal information. Because small businesses often use shared resources, such as group offices and public Internet, and because they lack the luxury of dedicated IT teams, they have become easy targets for hacking and phishing scams.

Small businesses also stand to lose the most when sensitive personal and financial information is compromised. Recovering from a cyber-attack is more difficult for small businesses which have limited resources or depend on their reputations to keep customers. It is hard enough to keep a small business afloat

Read more at: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/357829-protecting-small-businesses-from-cyber-crime

Protect Your Small Business From Cyber Attacks With These Free Tools

Cyber crime damages are predicted to cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015, according to a report from my company, Cybersecurity Ventures. Nearly half of all cyber attacks are committed against small businesses.

Related: 4 Vital Cybersecurity Measures Every Safety-Conscious Entrepreneur Needs to Take

Considering the statistics, it’s not a question of if a small business will be hacked, but when. Small businesses don’t have big budgets for cybersecurity, but there’s a myriad of free tools they can use to protect themselves against digital intruders.

Free email security protection

Email theft is one of the most popular cyber crimes, and it exposes small business login IDs and passwords to hackers.

The recent Equifax breach caused roughly 143 million U.S. consumers to have their email credentials and other information accessible to hackers. That equates to around 55 percent of Americans age 18 or

Read more at: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/301193

Protect Your Small Business From Cyber Attacks With These Free …

Cyber crime damages are predicted to cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015, according to a report from my company, Cybersecurity Ventures. Nearly half of all cyber attacks are committed against small businesses.

Related: 4 Vital Cybersecurity Measures Every Safety-Conscious Entrepreneur Needs to Take

Considering the statistics, it’s not a question of if a small business will be hacked, but when. Small businesses don’t have big budgets for cybersecurity, but there’s a myriad of free tools they can use to protect themselves against digital intruders.

Free email security protection

Email theft is one of the most popular cyber crimes, and it exposes small business login IDs and passwords to hackers.

The recent Equifax breach caused roughly 143 million U.S. consumers to have their email credentials and other information accessible to hackers. That equates to around 55 percent of Americans age 18 or

Read more at: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/301193

Cyber crime session for small businesses in York

Small businesses in York will be able to get expert advice from North Yorkshire Police as part of York Business Week.

Ashley Mason, Liberal Democrat councillor for Dringhouses Woodthorpe has organised the session to help small and medium sized businesses improve their cyber security.

This session will provide tips on how to stay safe online and help address vulnerabilities.

Cllr Mason, who is the Vice Chair of the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel has secured Vanessa Smith, the PROTECT Lead for the Regions Police Cyber Team to deliver the event.

“I am really pleased to have organised this event which I hope will be very popular.

Cyber crime is one of the biggest threats facing business in the modern age and taking simple steps can help people reduce their chances of being a victim.”

 

To book a place at either event visit www.yorkbusinessweek.co.uk.

23 November 2017
13:00 – 15:00
City of York Council, West Offices

Read more at: https://www.minsterfm.com/news/local/2395785/cyber-crime-session-for-small-businesses-in-york/

Here’s why India’s small businesses are sitting ducks for cyber criminals

In less than a year, Indian businesses have seen a spate of ransomware attacks—WannaCry, GoldenEye, Petya and the latest, Locky. Ransomware is a malware that hijacks computers, encrypts important files, denies access to them, and then asks the victim to pay ransoms to have the files decrypted. Though very few businesses disclose cyber attacks due to fear of loss of reputation, experts believe Indian businesses have been hit hard by ransomeware since they are ill-prepared to ward of cyber threats. India was the third worst-hit country by WannaCry, according to a Kaspersky Labs report. The number of users attacked by ransomware in India has nearly doubled from 2015-16 to 2016-17, the report says.

If big companies are ill-prepared to face the cyber threat, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are sitting ducks because most of them are not prepared at all. They have no processes or

Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/heres-why-indias-small-businesses-are-sitting-ducks-for-cyber-criminals/articleshow/60921023.cms

Cyber Security: Here’s why India’s small businesses are sitting …

In less than a year, Indian businesses have seen a spate of ransomware attacks—WannaCry, GoldenEye, Petya and the latest, Locky. Ransomware is a malware that hijacks computers, encrypts important files, denies access to them, and then asks the victim to pay ransoms to have the files decrypted. Though very few businesses disclose cyber attacks due to fear of loss of reputation, experts believe Indian businesses have been hit hard by ransomeware since they are ill-prepared to ward of cyber threats. India was the third worst-hit country by WannaCry, according to a Kaspersky Labs report. The number of users attacked by ransomware in India has nearly doubled from 2015-16 to 2016-17, the report says.

If big companies are ill-prepared to face the cyber threat, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are sitting ducks because most of them are not prepared at all. They have no processes or

Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/heres-why-indias-small-businesses-are-sitting-ducks-for-cyber-criminals/articleshow/60921023.cms