Cybersecurity Strategies for Small to Medium-sized Businesses

Small to medium-sized businesses are essential to the global economy. They contribute $3.8 trillion annually to the U.S. private-sector GDP (Gross Domestic Product)1 alone, which ranks them as the equivalent of the world’s fourth-largest country. And many of the challenges faced by today’s small to medium-sized businesses are no different than those of large organizations and government agencies—especially when it comes to cybersecurity.

Small to medium-sized organizations depend on the Internet for day-to-day operations and as a result, also face cyber attacks targeting their sensitive data and intellectual property. However, polls indicate that 50 percent believe they are immune to targeted cyber attacks.2 In our increasingly connected world, company size does not create security against the many threats lurking on the Web and within malicious emails.

Significant breaches at businesses of all sizes have made headlines—and thousands more occur on a regular basis that never make the news. Flame, Operation Aurora, and a number of other cyber attacks have set an entirely new standard for their complexity and sophistication. And what is now perhaps the world’s most popular and notorious malware exploit kit, Blackhole combines technical dexterity with an entrepreneurial business model to arm cyber attackers with the latest exploit updates coupled with enterprise-level support and zero-day updates.