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State of SMB Insecurity by the Numbers

SMBs still perceive themselves at low risk from cyberthreats - in spite of attack statistics that paint a different pictur
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SMB Security Incidents Remain High

Most SMBs have experienced cyberattacks and data breaches over the past year, according to Ponemon Institute. While the percentage of organizations that experienced an incident dipped by a percentage point worldwide, it's still up over the past two years. In particular, SMBs in the US have seen a dramatic rise in incidents over the past three years. Whereas just 55% in 2016 reported being victims, this year 76% say they've been hit by an attack in the past 12 months.

Image Source: '2019 Global State of Cybersecurity in Small and Medium Sized Businesses,' Ponemon Institute/Keeper Security

SMB Security Incidents Remain High

Most SMBs have experienced cyberattacks and data breaches over the past year, according to Ponemon Institute. While the percentage of organizations that experienced an incident dipped by a percentage point worldwide, it's still up over the past two years. In particular, SMBs in the US have seen a dramatic rise in incidents over the past three years. Whereas just 55% in 2016 reported being victims, this year 76% say they've been hit by an attack in the past 12 months.

Image Source: "2019 Global State of Cybersecurity in Small and Medium Sized Businesses," Ponemon Institute/Keeper Security

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Franois Amigorena
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11/4/2019 | 5:55:33 AM
The business benefits for IT security in SMBs
SMBs that grasp the business benefits are often further ahead. They understand that any competitor can nowadays quickly adopt a new technology to gain new capabilities, improve efficiency and/or reduce costs. However, each new application does create a need to secure users, data and the environment that the solution integrates into. Those that treat security as an onerous requirement that is invoked each time a new technology is contemplated will be slow to adopt – and slow to profit from – new efficiencies.

SMBs that build effective IT security frameworks are able to move more quickly and surely than their competitors. Environments without effective IT security solutions will have difficulty innovating and are likely to fall behind more nimble competitors.
FLYING J3
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10/21/2019 | 4:02:59 PM
Re: cyber risk change hits small biz
If your a contractor with the DOD they are going to be requiring you to have a Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification sometime in 2020. Because they are forcing this, Cybersecurity is going to be an alowable cost on new contracts sometime in mid to late 2020. .
blackjack0021
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10/21/2019 | 1:33:44 PM
cyber risk change hits small biz
As long as Security expense is optional then most SMB can't afford to add it. The market doesn't let them charge more if they do, and competitors will always run the risk or cut corners and costs. As Bruce Schneir points out in Click Here To Kill Everyone, if the cost of security measures isn't required of everyone then the market actually penalizes you for doing it. Customers of SMB especially have no way to know if your company is doing it right or better. There is no competitive advantage. It's a proverbial Catch 22. I've done consulting for SMB, super small <10 people up to midsize I'd guess around 2000, but I'm an enterprise guy mostly. There is a special focus for SMB on free- or low-cost solutions that is almost alien to most enterprise people. It just presents many different challenges.
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