It seems like every day there’s a new report or an alert of a high-profile data breach that affected a hugely successful company. In reality, the numbers are worse.
According to a Clark School study at the University of Maryland, there is a hacker attack every 39 seconds. What’s more, it’s not just big companies that are being targeted. A surprising 65% of cyberattacks are aimed at small and medium-sized businesses.
And what happens when they do get hacked?
Attacks don’t just result in system downtime, loss of productivity, theft of information assets and lawsuits or fines. They can also cause significant damage to a company’s reputation which can result in loss of customers and revenue.
Check out our infographic for the top cybersecurity risks in 10 statistics and then read on for more details on the threats and how to combat them:
With the significant increase in cyberattacks, the risks of a lack of cybersecurity are more widely talked about.
These risks include:
If you want to prevent these losses and keep your site and data safe and secure, you need to get a better understanding of what leads to these cyberattacks.
Here are some of the weakest links for most businesses when it comes to cybersecurity.
Did you know that 95% of cybersecurity breaches are attributed to human error?
In other words, the majority of data breaches are caused by people, most often your own employees making simple mistakes like visiting malware-infected sites, falling for phishing attempts, bringing compromised USB drives or unprotected personal devices to work.
So what can you do to minimise cybersecurity risks from people:
Weak passwords provide hackers with an easy way to attack a website. That’s why it’s important to ensure that any accounts associated with your site are secured by a strong password and a two-factor authentication, if possible. Make it clear to your employees as well as to your customers that they shouldn’t reuse passwords from other online accounts.
Out-of-date or missing patches in software and apps can also make your site vulnerable to cyberattacks. So make sure that any technology you use is up-to-date and that you create and maintain a rigorous patching schedule.
Another thing you can do is to use website security solution to actively monitor and scan your site for indications of compromise.
Why is this important? Because a hacker usually spends an average of 146 days within a network before being detected. So by the time you realise a breach has occurred, it’s too late and the damage is done. That’s why taking regular action to audit and secure a network is essential.
Our Website Security tool, which is powered by Sucuri, can help with that. It actively scans your site to find malicious payloads, malware locations, security issues, and blacklist status with major authorities. If the site is found to be infected, you’ll get a warning message with further details, including payloads and blacklist warnings.
Cyber attackers are smart and they’re constantly finding new ways to access your sensitive data. You can’t afford to ignore the importance of website security, not when there’s so much at stake, including employee and customer data, reputation, revenue as well as sensitive company information.
While using our Website Security tool to protect your website may seem like an added expense, the cost of doing nothing could spell the end for your business. So take steps now to assess your current situation and protect your business against a cyberattack.