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Accordingly, it does not reflect any events or developments that may have occurred thereafter. Companies of all sizes have woven the internet into almost every aspect of their operations, a trend that is likely to accelerate as companies embrace mobile and cloud computing to an even larger degree.
Reports of massive data breaches have become commonplace, and the average cost of such breaches reached record levels last year. The reason is simple: In fact, the majority of all targeted cyberattacks last year were directed at SMBs.
It has been estimated that half of the small businesses that suffer a cyberattack go out of business within six months as a result. Many SMBs have direct and indirect business relationships with larger organizations, a fact well known to cybercriminals.
This article will discuss the special challenges confronting SMBs as they contend with cybersecurity issues, and will explore possible solutions, with a focus on the important roles the private and public sectors will need to play. Cybercrime Represents a Very Real, and Very Serious Threat to SMBs The past several years have witnessed an array of successful cyberattacks against some of the most prominent firms in the country.
Since the popular press tends to focus on attacks, like these, that target the largest firms, it can be easy to overlook the fact that SMBs are at even greater risk, and are far more vulnerable once they are victimized.
In fact, for every high-profile breach, there are many more threats to confidential data held by local businesses.
According to a list of data breaches maintained by the California Attorney General, wine shops, dentist offices, community centers, and small manufacturers have all been victims of cybercrime in the past few years.
The number of known cybersecurity incidents rose by 48 percent last year,  and cyberattacks targeted against SMBs have become more prevalent. According to one study, 60 percent of all targeted cyberattacks last year struck SMBs. In fact, approximately 75 percent of all spear-phishing scams in June were directed at SMBs, with the very smallest companies—those with employees or fewer—bearing the majority of those attacks.
According to the survey, half of all SMBs surveyed reported being the targets of a cyberattack, a 14 percent increase over the prior year.
The number of firms reporting that it took them at least three days to recover from an attack rose to 33 percent last year, up from only 20 percent the year before. For example, ransomware has emerged as a very serious threat to SMBs. According to one source, the number of such attacks more than doubled last year,  and ransomware programs can now target more than different types of computer files, up from only 70 in Network printers and copiers that allow organizations to scan and email documents within the organization, for example, can present attackers with an unexpected means of launching a lateral attack into a business network.
SMBs face precisely the same threat landscape that confronts larger organizations, but must do so with far fewer resources. Studies suggest that many SMBs lack sufficient in-house expertise to deal with cyberattacks,  and the problem is especially acute for the smallest firms. The owners of such firms handle cybersecurity matters themselves roughly 83 percent of the time,  and the results are perhaps predictable.
According to one survey of firms with fewer than 50 employees, just 29 percent of such firms know the steps needed to improve their cybersecurity measures, and even fewer have written policies in place to respond to a data breach.
Specifically, this survey found that 60 percent of the surveyed SMBs did nothing to buttress their security protocols in the wake of a breach.
Nevertheless, the issues identified above point to certain steps that could be taken to help SMBs better address this persistent threat. A strong public-private partnership is likely a key element in helping SMBs overcome their resource constraints.
Some potential steps that policymakers could consider include the following: Ultimately, responsibility for cybersecurity lies with the SMBs themselves, not with the government. Even so, to help alleviate the resource constraints faced by SMBs, policymakers could explore ways of encouraging the development of economies of scale for cybersecurity solutions.
There are myriad possible avenues in this regard, but one possibility is to develop tax credits for vendors that would encourage them to develop cost-effective cybersecurity solutions tailored to the unique needs of SMBs.
One theme that consistently emerges from the available data is that SMBs, particularly the smallest firms, typically lack the resources to mount a legitimate cyber defense. One way that government agencies can better assist SMBs is to aggressively prosecute cybercriminals.by addressing the issue, managers can reduce stressful activities and increase worker Maurer also noted that Olympic TeamTech, a computer management company, has dealt with employee stress by providing training programs, monitoring employee Part one consisted of a list of 15 work performance areas that may be.
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