If you’re like most small business owners, learning everything you can about SMB cybersecurity is a top priority this fall. New and more sophisticated attacks are leaving small business owners more vulnerable to financial losses, data breaches, cybercriminal activity, and other issues than ever, and many are not taking the proper cybersecurity measures to protect their investments. 2020 has seen a significant increase in remote work, online learning, and eCommerce, and this reliance on the internet has opened the door to more innovative and aggressive types of cyberattacks. Fortunately, most can still be prevented by taking cutting-edge IT security measures that were designed with modern threats in mind. This guide will give you an overview of some of the most common cybersecurity trends to watch for this year.
Why Is Cybersecurity Important For Small Businesses?Cybercrime has been a concern for as long as the internet has been used for business purposes, but many SMB owners are just starting to store their critical company data online instead of in paper files. Here are a few facts about this shift:
- The convenience of storing such assets on computers comes with more risk of that information falling into cybercriminals’ hands, however — something that could result in massive losses.
- Many hacking incidents end in a company losing hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the wrong type of data breach will lead to losing customers — and much of the trust of those that remain.
- Remote work has become more common over the last decade, but an exceptionally high number of people have been forced to become tech-savvy during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have gained a deeper understanding of cybersecurity for their own purposes, which often leads them to question what the companies they purchase products and services from are doing to protect their personal information.