Small Businesses and the Internet of Things Threat

Internet of Things

At the Junction of Poor Security and No Security

Hacking and unethical cyber behavior is a rapidly expanding activity. Not only is it relatively inexpensive to conduct, but hacking can reap large financial dividends for criminals. While larger targets generate attention after attacks, smaller targets are increasingly becoming primary objectives for attackers.

Some facts and breach estimates for 2017 (from just one study so take with a grain of salt).

Small businesses make over half of hacking targets, often due to less rigorous security postures, and easily accessible data. To date in 2017 over 50% of small businesses have had some form of cyber attack or data breach, 60% of those will be unable to financially recover.  On average just one incident can cost a small business upwards of $250,000 in lost revenue and may months to resolve.

Enter a New Attack Vector

As technology rapidly advances, more electronic devices in our homes and businesses will join networks, whether they are printers, appliances, tablets, phones, or the company water cooler. With greater connectivity, comes greater vulnerabilities. This new wave of tech is known as the Internet of Things (IoT).  IoT is supposed to make life easier but has provided an unparalleled number of opportunities to criminals to exploit your networks and data.

How to stay safe

Good cyber security doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.  Protocol 46 is here to serve the cyber security needs of smaller organizations.  Our Cyber Security Mesh System is one part cutting edge cyber security sensors and one part experienced cyber security technicians.  That is right… REAL people work with you to ensure the security of your organization and it is affordable too!  Contact Protocol 46 today for more information.

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