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Can You Celebrate The 4th By Declaring Independence From Cyber Threats?

San Francisco is a great place to celebrate the 4th of July. People come from all over the world to enjoy our special events, live concerts, and beautiful fireworks off Fisherman’s Wharf. Fun times and no worries! Well … that is if you know for sure that your technology back at work is secure. Are you secure from the threats of cyber security.

Did you know that just two months ago, we had some major data breaches here? The San Francisco Department of Health was hacked, and the personal data of 895 patients was stolen. In addition, around the same time, the Russian hackers who breached Yahoo in 2014 were finally arrested.  

If these cyberattacks seem more like the war against the British in 1775, we understand your frustration. The battle for cyberspace is a war of its own kind. And you must defend your business.

At the same time, it’s laughable, isn’t it? With all of today’s bright, knowledgeable tech professionals, how can organizations still become victims of cybercrimes? Technology is small talk in the SF Bay Area, and yet our businesses are still at risk … Incredible!

But seriously, cybercrime isn’t funny. It can ruin a business, and identity theft can ruin a life.

With all of this attention on technology, why is it that businesses in San Fran still get hacked? If you think only big companies are prime targets, and that your small business won’t be targeted – you’re dead wrong!

Your small business is at greater risk than the big guys.

Why? Because if yours is like most small businesses, you don’t have the protections in place needed to keep the criminals out.

Below are 10 more interesting statistics about cyber breaches:

  1. Attacks targeting SMB’s with 1-250 employees rose from 18% to 43% last year.
  2. Spear Phishing campaigns targeting specific employees rose by 55%.
  3. The average cost of a data breach is $7.01 million.
  4. The average cost per record for data breaches is currently $221.
  5. It takes 191 days on average for a company to identify a breach.
  6. It requires 58 days on average to contain a breach.
  7. 429 million identities were stolen last year.
  8. 5o% of all attacks are malicious.
  9. 23% are caused by negligent employees.
  10. 27% involved system failures or glitches.

Large corporations spend hundreds of thousands, and sometimes millions of dollars on cybersecurity. But many small business owners aren’t spending enough or paying attention to these threats.  Hackers know this, so they’ll put businesses like yours in their bull’s eye.

Only 2 percent of 2,000 U.S. small-businesses who participated in CNBC’s SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey said that they believed cyberattacks are the most critical issue they face.

They’re likely properly protected – does this mean the other 98% aren’t?

Is your business one of the 98%? –  If so, how in the world can you enjoy your July 4th holiday knowing hackers are targeting your business?

Some Of The Things That May Concern You This 4th Of July

Hackers buy and sell stolen business data like yours on the Dark Web.

Many smart business owners still don’t understand what the Dark Web is.  You can’t access it with a normal web browser. You need a specific one that permits you to browse the Web anonymously.

The Dark Web contains anonymous message boards, online drug markets, and exchanges for stolen financial and private data. It’s a hidden economy where purchases are made in bitcoins, and the stolen information is traded in a way to protect both the seller and buyer from being detected.

Does your Cyber Security Plan include a Dark Web Scan? – This detects any of your compromised credentials in real-time and notifies you immediately before they can be used for identity theft, data breaches, or other crimes.

(Sign up for our Free Dark Web Scan here.)

What about all the phishing emails and ransomware circulating? 

We don’t want to scare you, but did you know that attackers are currently using a phishing email disguised as a new anti-spam service from Microsoft called “AntiSpam PRO?”

If you or your employees click the link and accept this service, it encrypts ALL of your online emails and attachments in real-time. It works with any kind of cloud email service, such as Gmail and Outlook365 that allows third-party apps control over your account via an authorization system called OAuth.

Our Malware Protection stops these messages before they reach your computers.

And what about those viruses your employees may be downloaded with all the free software that’s available on the Web today?

We can handle this too with our defense-in-depth antivirus solution. With 24/7 monitoring, we’ll block and remove Trojans and other viruses that can worm their way through your IT system.

What if your data gets hacked?  Then what can you do?

Is it lost forever? – It could be.

That is unless you have a Customized Data Backup and Business Continuity Plan – One that’s designed according to your unique needs.

Some business owners think they can do this on their own. That is, until they learn their hard-drive backup isn’t reliable, or their cloud backup takes three days to recover. Businesses in the SF Bay Area need more today.

This is also why you need a knowledgeable Cyber Solutions Consultant. It’s like having your own 24/7 IT Security Guard on staff to determine what protections your business needs.

Just like your business changes and evolves, so do the IT threats out there. Cyber Security is a moving target (unlike the bull’s eye on your business’s back!). The minute the techies in the SF Bay Area design a protective solution, the bad guys find a way around it. You just can’t protect your business IT assets properly on your own.

Whew! …There’s just so much more to tell you about. And we can’t begin to explain it all here.

All you really need to know is that you can:

Celebrate Independence Day With Freedom From IT Security Worries

Independence for our country didn’t come easily. We’re all thankful for the freedoms we enjoy, and our government works to protect them every day.

On our watch, you can be assured that your data and business will be protected from cyber threats on a consistent basis.

When you have the peace of mind that your IT is secure, only then can you truly relax and enjoy your July 4th holiday.  There’s not much time. Give the team at Intivix a call at (415) 543-1033 or email us at [email protected]. And don’t forget to take advantage of our free Dark Web Scan!