If you’ve been keeping up with the headlines lately, then you know that big-name corporations like Adobe, Neiman Marcus, and – most prominently – Target have suffered major losses due to hacking and data breaches. But the losses have not only been financial in nature. These companies have also taken big hits to their reputations.

The incidents have been hot topics of conversation amongst IT professionals and business owners. For small business owners, however, it can elicit a certain amount of complacency. Some may think to themselves: “Hackers have big companies like Target on their radar. They’re not interested in smaller businesses like mine.”

It’s important not to let the reports of big-name hacks prevent your company from strengthening its network security.

While cyber attacks on larger corporations may prove to be more profitable, a large subset of hackers focus their efforts on companies with 1000 employees or less. In fact a study conducted by Symantec last year revealed that nearly 31% of the cyber attacks victims in 2012 were businesses with fewer than 250 employees.

That number is steadily rising, up from 18% in 2011.

Most often these small businesses do not have complex IT network security strategies in place, nor do they have the budget to keep the necessary security experts on staff full time. More affordable methods of cyber security aren’t as dynamic and cannot keep up with the ever-changing landscape of exploits and vulnerabilities. In addition, smaller businesses often do not have strict policies in place to regulate the online activity of their employees, which can leave them open to Trojans and other malware that is often distributed via email or online.

And while large corporations like Target may suffer ripples of misfortune, they will likely bounce back and continue to thrive in the marketplace. Smaller businesses, however, may not have that luxury. Have you considered how much of an impact a data breach could have on your business? Whose jobs are at stake? Could your company recover from the loss of a CIO – a situation Target recently had to face – or worse? Could your company recover from the loss of its reputation in your industry?

The good news is that there are resources for small and medium businesses to protect themselves from hackers. For starters, having a routine vulnerability assessment performed, along with a penetration test should weaknesses be uncovered, will help keep your company up-to-date on the state of its network security. Network experts, such as the team of advisors at Mercury Z, can suggest the best remediation strategy for any vulnerability that may inevitably plague your systems.

All of these recent reports of data breaches should bring network security to the top of your company’s list of priorities, but it doesn’t have to break your budget. The security advisors at Mercury Z can help you get started with a FREE vulnerability assessment consultation. Contact us today to learn more.

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