Small Businesses Now Bigger Targets In Cyberattacks

An posting from Dark Reading about  Small Businesses Now Bigger Targets In Cyberattacks:  It’s not just the big boys who the bad guys are hacking anymore: Smaller, more vulnerable, and defenseless organizations are now one of the most popular targets, newly published data shows. As targeted cyberattacks increased by 42 percent last year, nearly one-third of all of these attacks were aimed at businesses with less than 250 people.

 

“Smaller businesses presume they are not a target. But we think attackers [are targeting] them because they have weaker security settings and are probably easier to penetrate. Plus they do work with larger organizations … and attackers can use small companies as a stepping stone to larger ones or as an entry point into getting the information they want,” says Vikram Thakur, principal security response manager for Symantec, which today released these latest findings as part of its 2013 Internet Security Threat Report. “They need to expect that.”

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