A study by the Ponemon Institute shows concerning statistics.
It’s typically the larger enterprises that have been targeted when we hear about a cyber security attack. This makes sense, as more people will be affected by an attack such as a data breach and it will gain more media attention.
But that doesn’t mean that smaller and medium-sized businesses are immune to these attacks.
Smaller businesses are frequent targets of cyber attacks, and often have far fewer resources to protect themselves. ‘The 2019 Global State of Cybersecurity in SMBs’, a study by the Ponemon Institute, covers a variety of security-related topics, and states that for the third consecutive year small and medium-sized companies reported a significant increase in targeted cyber security attacks.
2,391 IT security companies worldwide were surveyed between August and September, and it was clear from the results that attacks against US, UK and European businesses were growing in frequency and sophistication. With nearly half of the businesses surveyed describing their IT posture as ineffective, and 1 in 3 reporting that they don’t have an incident response plan in place, it’s no surprise the number of attacks is increasing.
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