The new year is well upon us, and with it comes an equally new IT budget. Judging by the advancements in computing technology, many 2017 business wish lists probably include powerful onsite servers, workstations, and the Internet of Things. But as tempting as these purchases may be, it’s important that you don’t dismiss an old yet essential IT resolution: disaster recovery.
It’s been said so many times that many small business owners are likely to block it out, but the truth remains: cyber criminals target SMBs. Perhaps the reason for this ignorance is that when an SMB falls victim to an online attack, it’s not breaking news.
Earlier this month, social media platform Twitter alerted a number of its users to the fact that their accounts may have been hacked into by something, or someone, known as a “state-sponsored actor.” While a warning of this kind is certainly not unprecedented – for some time now, both Facebook and Google have also been contacting any of their users who they think may have been targeted – it suggests that attacks of this type are becoming more widespread.
While many small businesses mistakenly think they’re immune to data breaches because of their size, and therefore put minimum protection in place, healthcare organizations can’t ever risk taking this laissez-faire approach – and they’d be in trouble if they did.
It turns out that despite what you think, your critical corporate data is most likely not very secure. Negligence and glitches create 64% of data breaches - More than a third of intrusions are pegged to malicious attacks in Ponemon/Symantec report.
A recent study from Symantec and The Ponemon Institute revealed that even though the big Cyber Attacks get all the headlines, the reality is that the a significant number of data thefts are the result of employee negligence or system glitches.