Hacks and data breaches are, unfortunately, part of doing business today. Ten years ago, it was the largest corporations that were most targeted by hackers, but that has changed. As large organizations have improved their cybersecurity, and more and more small businesses go online, hackers have shifted their attention to smaller targets.
Putting numbers on the scale of cybercrime is difficult, not least because many companies are resistant to acknowledging that they've been hacked. A huge study from 2010, though, conducted by Verizon working in conjunction with the US Secret Service, found that even then smaller businesses were under huge threat from cybercriminals: more than 60 percent of the data breaches covered in that report were from businesses with less than 100 employees.
Since then, new types of cyberattack have emerged, many of them designed to be deployed against smaller businesses who cannot afford sophisticated network security infrastructure. These new attacks add to a threat profile that still includes attacks that have been common for years, including email and phishing scams that specifically target the employees of small businesses.
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