Home Depot. Neiman Marcus. Target. We’re all familiar with the biggest retail data breaches, and chances are you’ve been personally affected by at least one of them. Increasingly, it has become common for hackers to steal information from businesses of all sorts and sizes. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there have already been 546 breaches so far in 2014, representing a 28.4 percent increase over the same time period last year.
Small and Medium Companies at Risk
Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s only the largest companies that get hacked. As large companies have fortified their systems, hackers have turned to small- and medium-size companies to breach their security data. Symantec’s latest threat report notes that more than half of all cyber attacks in 2013 targeted businesses with fewer than 2,500 employees, and nearly a third (30%) targeted businesses with fewer than 250 employees.
Sidebar: According to the 2014 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, the majority of entities, from small businesses to large corporations, usually find out from an external third party that they have been hacked. It is extremely rare for internal personnel to discover it themselves. This proves that companies are not as proactive in managing the security of their internal and external computing assets as they should be.
The automated systems that hackers use don’t discriminate; they are designed to search public networks for those companies with the greatest vulnerability. In other words, it can happen to any business that has:
- Networks connected to the Internet
- Web applications for both internal and consumer use
- Confidential data stored across internal and external systems
- Transactions using credit cards and identifiable personal information
How Prepared are You?
What steps have you taken to mitigate risk? Do you know how to protect your customers? Many companies, especially small and medium businesses, have never leveraged a third-party security professional to assess their networks or web applications. They also do not have the in-house experience to do so themselves, or the budget or use case to justify the purchase of expensive tools.
Skoda Minotti’s Risk Advisory Services team can take on the responsibility and significantly lessen the chance that your company will become a victim of fraud or threat. We’ll work with you to make sure you’re in compliance and have the right certifications. Our practice is designed to help your business identify and mitigate security risks through the implementation of reasonable monitoring procedures and business controls.
Our Solution: External Network and Web Application Vulnerability Assessment
Here’s how we can help. For a limited time, we are providing a low-cost vulnerability assessment for all new risk advisory customers.
- External Network Vulnerability Assessment – Up to 256 IP Addresses
- External Web Application Vulnerability Assessment – Up to 1 Website
At the conclusion of our testing, you will be provided a report detailing any flagged issues, their severity and suggested corrective actions. This report provides sufficient detail for your internal IT staff to validate and resolve the issues noted.
Find out your risk level today, and let us help prevent your company from becoming another headline.
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