Cybercriminals are increasingly taking aim at smaller organizations. This puts small and midsize businesses (SMBs) in a tough spot. Faced with a long list of cyberthreats, they also are operating with smaller budgets and staff constraints, both of which can lead them to make poor security decisions.
Over the past year, Alert Logic has observed a “steady increase” in attacks and changes in attack methods affecting SMBs. An analysis of 5,000 attacks per day across its customer base from November 2018 to April 2019 reflected a variety of ways small businesses leave themselves exposed. Depending on the industry, SMBs typically invest less in security programs, says Jack Danahy, senior vice president of security at Alert Logic. Their weak spots can put them at risk.