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You’ve Been Hacked- Now What
Below are excerpts from an article in Entrepreneur Magazine (February edition)(http://mobileservices.texterity.com/entrepreneur/201302?folio=53&linkImageSrc=http%3A%2F%2Fe-cdn.dashdigital.com%2Fentrepreneur%2F201302%2Fdata%2Fimgpages%2Fmobile_tn2%2F0055_jvlm=1358835092000#pg54). It provides very useful information about maintaining your company’s ITsecurity. I suggest you get a copy, either online or at your library, and read it.—Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to cyber attack. Follow these steps to boost your company’ssecurity measures and thwart hackers—keeping yourself, your employees and your customers safe.
By John Patrick Pullen
…In one notorious case, a bandit and his gang of cyber crookscompromised at least 53 Seattle-area small and medium-size businesses between 2008 and 2010, stealing enough data to cause $3 million indamages to the companies, their employees and their customers……He became aware of the breach after noticing some unusual ﬁnancialtransactions. “It was very disconcerting for a small company … towonder whether there was some internal fraud or embezzlementhappening,” he told reporters……Another Seattle company was hacked after its old laptops were stolenin an ofﬁce break-in; about a month later, funds were siphoned outthrough fraudulent payroll accounts. A third victim had the identities of almost all its employees stolen when the hacker gang cracked thecompany’s network security……At least that company had a network security plan. Many others don’t. According to a 2012nationwide study of small businesses by digital security ﬁrm Symantec and the National Cyber SecurityAlliance (NCSA), 83 percent of small businesses have no formal cyber security plan, while 69 percentlack even an informal one. Meanwhile, 71 percent are dependent on the internet for daily operations, yetalmost half believe data hacks are isolated incidents that won’t have an impact on their business……The best defense against cybercrime is making hackers sweat for their spoils. According to a Verizonstudy of data breaches in 2011, more than 80 percent of victims were targets of opportunity—whichmeans they did not protect their Wi-Fi systems with passwords and otherwise had poor security, if any
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