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Top 5 Reasons Your Small Business Website is Under Attack
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Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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8/28/2014 | 8:00:11 AM
Re: How do non-techie small businesses get security advice?
Or the web hoster should be more proactive about raising the awareness of the small business about potential website security issues that could cause serious damage.
GonzSTL
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8/28/2014 | 2:49:48 PM
Re: Don't bother without security
Unfortunate indeed! Delivery of secure technology, and not just delivery of technology itself, should be a top priority for a business that includes an internet presence as part of their operational and strategic goals. However, without proper communication of the importance of security, organization heads will not place that kind of priority on security. It is therefore imperative that security professionals learn the art of effective business communication if they are to push the security agenda forward. FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) based messages have gone the way of the boy who cried wolf. Tough sell though, for a small business that has limited resources to begin with.
Chris Weltzien
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8/28/2014 | 3:12:31 PM
Re: Don't bother without security
Great point. With proactive security the cost/benefit analysis focuses on value of the assett being secured. Two examples we see are small companies that service larger customers and small businesses that run transactional models. 

If you serve larger clients (who interact with your site) the cost of being a watering hole -- hacked and infected as a means to attack your larger customers -- can be measured as percentage of the value of your current clients. Also, if the attack became public, competitors would use it to take new business. To stay competitive would then require  marketing to off set the damage. 

On the transactional side the calculation would include lost revenue if your site is blacklisted by browsers or toolbars (Chrome, Firefox, AVG, etc) and the near destruction of all SEO/SEM efforts. Years of optimization can be undone with a single malware detection and it can take months to get it back. 
Whoopty
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8/28/2014 | 3:15:27 PM
Re: Don't bother without security
A lot of the problems I've found when working with smaller businesses, is there's often a lack of understand not only of security itself, but who to hire to help with it. There are pleenty of freelancers I've worked with who claim to be well versed in Wordpress (or similar CMS) security, only to have them charge for hours of work with little results, or for them to clear out the affected files but not fix the loophole.

Very frustrating for everyone involved. I'd love to see some sort of accreditation that could be earned perhaps that was well known enough that even those unfamiliar with web security at an even basic level could understand and hire the right people. 
Biffster
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8/28/2014 | 3:24:10 PM
Re: How do non-techie small businesses get security advice?
Agreed! Or perhaps Web Hosters should be more proactive in enforcing safe secure website behavior, sorta like the "click it or ticket" campaign for seat belt enforcement. Unsecured sites are the online equivalent of an attractive nuisance that can harm many others.
DarkReadingTim
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DarkReadingTim,
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8/29/2014 | 9:25:41 AM
Re: a good read - important for small business owners
A key reason for continued attacks on SMBs is their bank accounts. An SMB can get a significantly larger line of credit than an individual, yet most SMBs don't track their "identities" as closely as individuals do. And oh, by the way, banks don't simply reimburse SMBs for fraudulent charges as they do for individuals.
RyanSepe
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8/31/2014 | 8:37:37 AM
Re: a good read - important for small business owners
Is the reason for why they are typically less vigilant with their bank accounts due to lack of resources? I feel their should be a finance analyst that would track changes to the account on a daily basis.

Also, how come the same fraud measures aren't taken for SMB's?
JosephL208
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9/1/2014 | 9:28:53 AM
RE: Solutions
So, what are the solution? The real soutions? As a small business owner, I don't really have the time to dedicate to protecting my systems especailly given how fast the hacking evolves. Yet, I also can't afford to have my reputation and data compermised. So, what are the solutions?


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Chris Weltzien
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Chris Weltzien,
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9/2/2014 | 6:37:08 PM
RE: Solutions
Hi Joseph -- at 6Scan we provide a free scanning service availble at www.6scan.com/signup. We will identify vulnerabilities and existing website infections and we provide paid remediation services to fix any problems. We try and keep the process as smooth and affordable as possible. Solutions are also available from SiteLock and Sucuri.
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