Today’s cybercriminals use sophisticated software to slip into businesses’ networks and gain access to their most sensitive information. In a lot of situations, however, that advanced software can’t cause any damage unless some basic human error has allowed it into the system. For all the focus placed on shoring up networks with advanced security software that guards against all types of threats, many cyber attacks on businesses are instigated by a simple scam. The most common of these types of attacks is the phishing scam, where an email purportedly from a legitimate source tricks the recipient into sending his or her passwords, Social Security numbers or other sensitive data. Other types of scams may involve malware attached to an otherwise innocent-looking PDF.
The importance of businesses protecting themselves against these types of attacks cannot be overstated. Today, the average cost can be into the millions of dollars, which puts small businesses especially at risk. The accompanying checklist contains common types of security scams small businesses need to watch for, as well as some practical tips for protecting themselves. Your business may have a state-of-the-art security system, but that won’t help if someone holds the door open for a thief.
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