2016 Cyber Attack Stats: What You Need to Know

By | 2018-05-29T05:41:11+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Cloud Services, Security|Comments Off on 2016 Cyber Attack Stats: What You Need to Know

As cyber attacks continue to rise, businesses large and small need to stay one step ahead with I.T. services that keep them protected no matter what. What were once minor nuisances have now become advanced threats that can actually put you out of business. If these cyber attack statistics don’t convince you that you need security measures in place, then we don’t know what will.

The Numbers

Small businesses owners often believe they don’t face much risk, but they fall victim to cyber threats all the time. According to Small Business Trendsopens in a new window, 55 percent (more than half!) of survey respondents said their companies experienced a cyber attack sometime between 2015 and 2016. Not only that, 50 percent reported they experienced data breaches that involved customer and employee information during that time, too. The aftermath of these incidents? These companies spent an average of $879,582 to fix the damages done to their I.T. assets and recover their data. Disruption to their daily operations cost an average of $955,429.

Which Cyber Attack Are You Most Vulnerable To?

So what types of attacks did these businesses experience? The order from most to least common are as follows: web-based attacks, phishing, general malware, SQL injection, stolen devices, denial of services, advanced malware, malicious insider, cross-site scripting, and ransomwareopens in a new window.

What Can You Do About It?

There are many waysopens in a new window to help protect your business assets from these attacks. From something as simple as two-step authentificationopens in a new window to employing a managed firewallopens in a new window, there are countless low-cost tools.

If you want the best-in-class protection, though, managed security servicesopens in a new window provide the most effective prevention and protection from threats. They include a full range of proactive I.T. support that focuses on advanced security measures, including around-the-clock monitoring, data encryption, backup, real-time threat prevention & elimination, network & firewall protection, and more.

Also, because managed security services are designed to identify weak spots in your I.T. infrastructure and fix them, you’ll enjoy other benefits including faster network performance, business continuity and disaster recovery as well as minimal downtime. One of the best things about managed services is the fact that you get a dedicated team of I.T. professionals ready to assist with any issues you might have. This is much more effective and budget-friendly than having in-house personnel handling all of your I.T. issues.

Being proactive when it comes to cyber security is the only way to protect what you’ve worked hard to build. If you’d like to know more about threat prevention or the myriad ways managed security services can benefit your business, contact us today.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.