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8/21/2019
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7 Big Factors Putting Small Businesses At Risk

Small organizations still face a long list of security threats. These threats and vulnerabilities should be top of mind.
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Island Hopping: Not as Fun as It Sounds

"Island hopping," a term that may invoke images of sunshine and beaches, refers to the attacker strategy of targeting large enterprises by going through smaller firms that work with them. Because SMBs typically have more vulnerable systems, they give intruders easy access to the bigger target's network. Once they compromise a small company, they can capitalize on the shared network and access the data and processes the two organizations share.

"It's easier to gain access to SMBs because they are less likely to have protections in place," says John Bennett, senior vice president and general manager at LastPass. "They haven't invested as much in their security controls given the lack of resources."

Cyberattacks are a "risk vs. reward game" for criminals, he explains. It depends on how much money an attacker is willing to invest in breaching a particular business. Targeting a larger business costs criminals more money. SMBs, in comparison, are "lower hanging fruit" and easier to infiltrate.

Island hopping is a common practice among both state actors and cybercriminals, Webroot's Anderson says. They aren't quick to give up their access to a target's environment so long as they can lay low, explore the network, and view connections to other networks from the SMB. "They're looking to live off the land and exist on that network for a long while," he adds.

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