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khaley | 31 Aug 2011 | 0 comments

Ten years ago, a malware attack may have been annoying for SMBs, but it likely would not have affected their customer service. Today’s attacks, however, are far more likely to hit SMBs’ bottom line. Why? Customers don’t care what the problem is; if the network is down they will go to a competitor rather than wait for the problem to be resolved. This is the hard reality that should be prompting SMBs to make network security a bigger priority.

That was the resounding sentiment in a recent virtual Symantec-hosted roundtable discussion of SMBs and cyber attacks. During the roundtable, three small businesses shared the challenges they face in defending against malware. I sat in on this discussion and heard firsthand just how common security incidents are for SMBs.

Symantec customers, including Richard Johnson from Seattle-based Coddington...

khaley | 05 May 2011

There’s good news for Seattle SMBs. Seattle police busted a group of cybercriminal “wardrivers” who have allegedly been cruising the city and stealing credit card data from unsecured Wi-Fi connections for the past five years.

Whether you’re located in the Emerald City or not, SMBs that have insecure or open wireless access points are at risk of falling victim to wardriving tactics, in which hackers search for vulnerable Wi-Fi wireless networks in a moving vehicle using a portable computer. Wardriving hardware can detect a wireless network from up to five miles away and there are programs that search out and automatically attempt to gain access and catalog wireless networks.

It’s not just open/insecure wireless access points that you need to be concerned with. Many small businesses have older...

khaley | 26 Apr 2011 | 0 comments

If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a million times—hackers do not care what the size of your business is. They’re after your valuables, and SMBs are increasingly appealing targets because they usually have fewer cyber defenses. The results of Symantec’s 2011 Internet Security Threat Report certainly point to this trend, as I discussed in a post earlier this month.

Verizon’s 2011 Data Breach Investigations Report—released this week—tells a similar story. Verizon reports that while the total number of attacks is on the rise, the number of records exposed per breach declined. Cybercriminals are shifting their focus to small and medium businesses.

The folks from Symantec’s encryption team have weighed in on the report at the In Defense of Data blog. There are...