DURBAN – Small companies with less than 50 employees can be the main target of cybercriminals due to the data they have for customers and employees.
Data can get a high price if sold or bought, and they can open up new sources of income for enterprising criminals.
In addition to the risk of disruption in cyberspace, a study conducted by Kaspersky Lab has shown that small businesses are also at risk due to relying on inexperienced personnel in cybersecurity.
One in three small businesses entrust IT security to employees who may not have the knowledge necessary to protect enterprises from fertile threats.
In more detail, when analyzing threats to small businesses, the Kaspersky Lab report sheds light on the impact of ransomware on them. The findings reveal that when these companies fall victim to ransomware, they often become victims of repression.
Small companies that have experienced the incident in the last 12 months have many victims of incidents and 37 percent have experienced two or three infections.
This can have a devastating effect on business, because suffering from downtime or lack of access to files for a long time can be very harmful. In fact, more than a quarter (27 percent) of those surveyed ransomware victims lost access to their data for many weeks.
Sergey Martsynkyan, head of B2B marketing at Kaspersky Lab, said: "Ransomware is one of the many very serious cyber threats that companies face today, and when it hits, it can have huge consequences, no matter how large the company is. they are particularly vulnerable to numerous incidents. "
Small businesses can better protect themselves, despite the lack of IT staff, thanks to security solutions designed specifically for this size of organization.
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