Emerald Business Systems Blog

Online security tips for small business

Posted in General Business,Online Business,Security by ebs4pos on October 13, 2009

The number of IT based security threats is growing as cyber criminals attack businesses to access confidential information and intellectual property. Symantec estimates that last year 285 million records were stolen with IT theft costing companies about USD$600 million globally. Locally, Symantec estimates IT theft costs Australian companies AU$1 billion.

With a new security threats emerging every day, keeping computer networks safe and security measures up-to- date should be a priority for any business. But with around 46 percent of SMEs operating without dedicated IT staff, understanding the possible threats and having the ability to protect computer systems can be challenging.

The IT threat landscape has changed dramatically over the past few years. Today, attacks have become far more sophisticated and stealthy, targeting specific SMEs to reap financial gain. In fact, a recent Washington Post article cited that organised cyber-gangs in Eastern Europe are increasingly preying on small and mid-size companies in the United States to steal the banking credentials of small and mid-sized businesses. Given the internet has no boundaries, it won’t be long before Australian SMEs become a target for these cyber-gangs. So how can small businesses understand and protect themselves against these threats?

via Online security tips for small business | Dynamic Business.


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