Small- and medium-sized businesses beware! Cybercriminals have shifted their activities away from large corporations and they are now targeting smaller businesses.
According to the Verizon 2011 Data Breach Investigations Report, opportunistic cybercriminals are making headway because of the lack of computer data security.
The troubling part is that cybercriminals are using “fairly unsophisticated methods” to access data. In fact, 97% of the data breaches were avoidable. Most breaches could be avoided if companies had fundamental security precautions in place.
The recommendation, of course, is that small and medium sized businesses get more serious about implementing and committing to information security practices. This includes staying up-to-date about privacy legislation, being compliant, and implementing essential controls across the entire business.
Another key recommendation, as always, is for companies to eliminate all unnecessary data. The most secure method of document destruction is shredding – whether documents are paper or they are saved on a hard drive or other media device.