Cyber-Attacks On the Rise Against Small Businesses

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Cyber criminals now make more money than drug dealers. 
The threat of cyber security is growing and Small businesses are becoming the favorite target for cyber attacks. 
Ben Smith has the story on how business-owners can best protect themselves and their customers. 
 
If you’re a small business-owner, be on the lookout for cyber-threats
Last year 43% of all cyber-attacks targeted small business.
Experts say it’s because attackers know they may not have a security plan in place.
 
“If your business doesn’t take cyber security seriously, you could be out of business next week if customer information or data is breached from your organization,” says Art Bakke, Starion Financial Information Security Officer
 
Bakke says banks should lead the way in educating small businesses about cyber-threats.
Starion financial hosted several national security experts who say the first step, is knowing what assets are at risk. 
 
“If someone goes into your company and steals your clients names, their address, their phone numbers, social security numbers, sometimes even airline miles, that can be sold on the black market for money,” says Kristin Judge, National Cyber Security Alliance
 
Be on the lookout, she says it takes, on average, about two hundred days to even notice there has been a breach.
 
“Once you realize you’ve been attacked, you have to have a response plan, and a recovery plan.  The federal communications division, FCC. gov. has a response plan template that they can use,” says Judge
 
Cyber security affects everyone, and the best way to avoid a security breech is to be proactive.
 
“And there are people that make a lot of money off of us being complacent.  And we want to make sure that we’re vigilant and we’re protecting our information systems,” says Bakke
 
He says no matter the industry, data is the most important thing to protect.
 
Bakke says hackers tend to target people’s healthcare records over credit card information because the data doesn’t change over time.

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