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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/

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

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

Small business

Two months after this year’s WannaCry ransomware attack crippled the National Health Service, hit more than 100 countries, and infected 230,000 computers across the globe, the world’s oldest insurance giant, Lloyd’s of London, published an alarming 56-page report highlighting how damaging a serious cyber attack could be to the global economy.

The document warned that a major global breach might cost more than $120bn (£92bn) – an amount equal to cataclysmic natural disasters such as Katrina and Sandy, two of the most harmful hurricanes in recent memory. It also noted that the threat posed by worldwide attacks will be a significant risk to organisations and governments over the next decade and beyond.

So, it is imperative for business leaders to adopt a proactive approach to cyber security, or face the costly consequences. Urgent action is required, from the boardroom down, to change cultures and take company-wide positive steps to protect

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connect/small-business/tech/pc-world/proactive-cyber-security/

A Clear and Present Danger: Small Business Cyber Attacks

A disaster-response plan should assign specific responsibilities to your employees, such as shutting down infected devices, resetting passwords, and isolating Internet-connected devices from “dumb” machines. Someone should also run an antivirus scan to check for and destroy malware, and someone else can get in touch with technical support if you need help to get your system back up and running.

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-clear-and-present-danger-small-business-cyber-attacks_us_59a5bdc4e4b0d81379a81bcd

How small businesses should invest in cyber security

The deluge of cyber-attack stories in the news is becoming commonplace. Recorded cyber crime cost the UK economy £10.9bn in 2015/16; and unreported crime could cost magnitudes more. For small businesses alone, the average cost per attack is around £3,000.

Fortunately, the level of attention criminals are paying to cyber crime is more than matched by those fighting against them. But for SMEs with limited budgets, securing themselves can be a tricky job.

The risks remain the same of course: DDoS attacks, ransomware, phishing scams or data dumping can lead to a loss of trust or even fines for data breaches – both of which can close companies for good.

With resources strained, the onus is on small-business leaders to invest shrewdly in technology and staff training, alongside their other responsibilities. But when it comes to cyber security, a little can go a long way.

Define your needs

Using a checklist

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/open-economy/small-businesses-should-invest-in-cyber-security/

Cyber Plus: Australia’s ‘first’ small-biz bundle for tackling cyber crime

Everyone knows that a cyber attack on your business, infrastructure and customers is always a giant minus, so the pitch to add some Cyber Plus protection and insurance sounds like an “Australian first” that has been a long time coming.

Clearly, you may well have your own IT people to help protect your business, or you may not, but it never hurts to have a force multiplier on hand, with Cyber Plus wanting to be that positive force you turn to when calculating how to have the best proactive and reactive defences.

After all, with Australian small businesses now rating cyber-crime as one of their five biggest threats, it should come as no surprise to see an overwhelming 95% being reported as wanting tools to help protect them.