Cyberattacks on small businesses are on the rise
If you ask the CEOs of SMEs if they believe that their company and data are at risk of being attacked by hackers, in the vast majority of cases the answer is: "We are so small, no one hacks us". This assumption could not be more wrong. The reality is different: of course, "big" companies are also attacked, but attacks on SMEs are almost the order of the day. Most attacks often remain unnoticed and are only discovered when the mischief has already been done.
What are SMEs attacked with?
Very few SMEs are attacked with ransomware. Rather, such companies are increasingly experiencing phising attacks. What is a phising attack? The similarity to fishing is not without an ulterior motive. Just like fishing, an attacker casts out a lure and hopes that it will be taken. This usually takes the form of e-mails sent to a person in a company in the hope that they will "bite". Biting" means that the person executes a file or clicks on a link. There are different variations of this mail, once this mail can come from "only" an employee, in other scenarios it is then the CEO of a company, which reports. The latter is referred to as CEO fraud. But how do perpetrators get hold of the data and know who to write to? Here, too, there are several possibilities: the classic way is that a potential attacker looks at a company's digital presence, i.e. its website and social media channels, to find targets for an attack. But attackers take different routes to stand data. One of the most blatant ways is dumpster diving, where attackers rummage through a company's trash in hopes of finding what they're looking for.
Even though CEOs of SMEs have the mantra that you are too small to be interesting for attackers, the reality is different. SMEs are attacked at least as often as large ones. The number of unreported cases is probably higher. But why are SMEs the target of hackers? Because SMEs are easier to attack. That means the manpower in such companies, especially in IT, is little or non-existent. And finally, it is also clear that every company has something to hide. Be it data of employees, production plans, internal memos or what else attackers want to keep in their hands.
How can a security operation center help prevent attacks?
The prejudices against SOCs abound. They are too expensive, that what SOCs do can also be done by a firewall, or a good virus program. However, you couldn't be more wrong: a SOC monitors everything that happens in the system entrusted to it and raises an alarm as soon as it sees something that looks like a threat. Be it malware files, access attempts from the outside or other matters. Thus, attacks can be detected from the first moment and acted upon accordingly. QUANTUM cyber lab AG offers its customers prices that are based on various factors such as the size of the company or the number of devices to be protected.
You don't have to be paranoid, however, especially when you're out and about in the digital world with your work devices. Because the data of a company is the most valuable asset of a company and must be protected with all means. We are happy to help you with this!
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