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Why You Should Be Concerned About Cybercrime

When you leave your house, you lock your front door. When walking away from your parked car, you click the lock to secure it as well. Why?  Because you know without protecting your belongings, they could be in danger.

Are you as cautious when it comes to protecting yourself from digital dangers?

Over the past few years, cybercrime has increased exponentially.  If you haven’t noticed, state and federal agencies have developed cybercrime units and created new legislation to fight online crime.  While the good guys continue combating these cybercriminals, there are some stats from you should be aware of in order to appropriately protect yourself:

  1. By 2019, the cost of cybercrime will reach $2 trillion dollars.
  2. Identity Theft Resource Center’s “ITRC Data Breach Report noted that more than 29 million records were exposed in 858 publicized breaches in financial, government, healthcare, and education in 2015 alone.
  3. The average cost per stolen record in America is $220 (that’s just in initial damage)
  4. According to Keeper Security’s “The State of SMB Cybersecurity” report, 50% of small and mid-sized businesses reported suffering at least one cyber attack in the last 12 months.
  5. The average cost of a data breach involving theft of assets totaled $879,582 for small and mid-sized businesses. They spent another $955,429 to restore normal business in the wake of successful attacks.

The problem is as technology is utilized more in business, it also becomes a more appealing target in the hacking and cybercrime communities… and there’s no sign of it slowing down.

Because of the unseen nature of cybercrime, it can be easy to overlook it as a threat. You might not think to “lock the doors” of your IT network.  And, you’re not alone.  Looking at the facts above, it’s evident that many businesses focus on what they do best- serving their customers and growing their business, all the while, network security is overlooked.

You might be wondering how to best protect yourself. Basic anti-virus software and firewalls within your network can help, but if you aren’t paying attention to updates or the latest technology, you are still vulnerable to the growing cybercrime epidemic.

To best protect your critical business data and customer information, you might want to consider employing a team of technical experts. At Continuity Centers, we can help tailor your system to keep you safe from outside interference.  By knowing your business needs and capabilities, as well as the ever-changing threats on the web today, we strategize a plan to keep your business secure.

Don’t let your business fall victim to a preventable problem. Contact Continuity Centers to speak with a security expert, today.

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