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Small businesses have fallen victim to may attacks by criminal losing service accounts, data as well as hard cash. Criminals rely on small businesses being busy and not having the time or resources to check things properly, or simply because there is little expertise in technical know how. These attacks damage large businesses, but completely devastate small businesses - this is an area of risk that must be given some attention.
Often small businesses believe in themselves as unworthy of hacker attacks on the misguided assumption that hackers could benefit more from attacking enterprise businesses with more money. The assumption about how much money each has may be correct, but the overriding fact is that having more money also means more can be at risk and lost. Larger enterprises spend more money on security controls than small businesses do, where a percentage of that spend will also be for security awareness to ensure that they are well protected. Small businesses also need to increase the resources available for security awareness if they are to protect the assets they have.
Over the last few years ransomware, where some rogue malware locks your files and devices and stopping anyone using the machine, has been on the increase. This has costs to small an large businesses - weeks of lost days of work, not to mention the £millions to fix the problem.
When any businesses is formed, the owner(s) know what assets it has, as there are likely to be just the shares, capital and any loan equipment used to run the business. But as the business starts to grow, it is important to understand what assets it has as they are all different ways in for attackers who want to move between the different assets to make better use of your assets than you may be.
At some point in the growth of any business at least one or all staff will have to conduct meetings or work away from the office environment, where there is less that can be controlled. Below we cover some of the things to consider for remote working.