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andysinger | 03 Apr 2013 | 0 comments

How can you protect the information that’s driving your business if you don’t know what you’re protecting it from? How can you reduce the risk of passing this risk on to your customers, and potentially your large business partners? One of the most fundamental ways to protect your business is to know what you need to protect it from. Knowing the enemy is the goal of Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), Volume 18 and, according to the new report, criminals view SMBs as a prime target for stealing information. In fact, 31 percent of all targeted attacks are now directed at those with 250 employees or less, a threefold increase from 2011. This is especially concerning given the 2011 SMB Threat Awareness Poll, which showed that half of SMBs don’t consider themselves a target for attacks.

Cybercriminals are targeting customer...

Chris Halcon | 24 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

The number of targeted attacks against SMBs has more than doubled in the last six months. This alarming new statistic combined with the fact that many SMBs are unaware of the threat was the key driver behind our latest SMB Twitter chat.

Last week, Symantec’s SMB security experts, Kevin Haley and Andy Singer, engaged with Small Business Trends’ Editor-in-Chief Anita Campbell for a Twitter chat about targeted attacks and SMBs. The chat covered a variety of topics including the likelihood of an attack, common types of attacks and how to mitigate threats.

The chat drew more than 100 participants which included SMB owners and thought leaders who discussed the current threat landscape for SMBs. The chat produced more than 800 Tweets and for the first time since we started holding SMB chats, the hashtag #SMBchat...

Chris Halcon | 13 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

If you think you’re too small for hackers to direct their malware your way, think again. The number of targeted attacks against SMBs, where cybercriminals specifically target organizations using customized malware and social engineering, has doubled in the first six months of 2012. Many smaller businesses find themselves vulnerable to these attacks because they have fewer defenses and limited budgets.

Join Symantec’s security experts and small business expert Anita Campbell of Small Business Trends on Thursday, July 19 at 1:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. ET to chat about the latest threats to SMBs and how to protect your company from targeted attacks.

SMBs need to take steps to educate employees about the latest internet-based threats and how to prevent them, while implementing technologies to protect their valuable information. Our SMB experts will cover the following:

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andysinger | 10 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

Symantec’s latest Internet Security Threat Report Volume 17 showed that 2011 saw an increase in targeted attacks, and  18 percent of these targeted attacks were directed at businesses with 250 or fewer employees. Now that we’re halfway through the new year, how do things look for SMBs? According to the latest Symantec Intelligence Report – not good.

Targeted attacks still increasing

After reaching a record high in December of 154 attacks per day, daily attacks dipped briefly in January before returning to similar levels in February. For the most part, the daily attack average remained around this level for the first half of 2012 resulting in an average increase in targeted attacks per day of around 24 percent for the first half of 2012.

Attacks against SMBs double

Over the last six months, the number of attacks against SMBs has doubled, jumping to 36 percent compared to the 18 percent we saw just...

Bernard Laroche | 17 Nov 2011 | 2 comments

The holidays are fast approaching, and now more than ever SMBs need to make sure their websites are ready to attract and increase online shoppers. To help small businesses prepare their online stores for Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and increased online shopping throughout the holidays, Symantec has prepared its “Top 5 Tips” small businesses should follow during the holiday rush.

1. Use SSL to protect all online transactions and sensitive information

The growing frequency and severity of cyber attacks puts online data and transactions increasingly at risk. Encryption provides proven data protection but unfortunately, most organizations don’t provide end-to-end encryption when transmitting confidential data of people using their websites. To better protect themselves and their customers, SMBs should implement Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), also known as Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS), for all sites requesting sensitive personal or...