Get Started: Small businesses at risk for cyberattacks

Small businesses’ inability or failure to deal with their vulnerability to cyber criminals puts them increasingly at risk for online attacks, witnesses told a congressional hearing last week. Part of the problem is innocence or ignorance, and part is small businesses’ overall lack of financial and other resources, the witnesses said.
Fewer small and mid-sized businesses used software programs last year to make their internet and mobile sites more secure than in 2014, Jamil Jaffer, an adjunct law professor at George Mason University, told the House Small Business Committee on Thursday, citing an annual Cisco Systems Inc. study. Although cyberattacks have been in the news more often, nearly a quarter of small and mid-sized companies don’t believe they’re significant targets for cybercriminals, Jaffer said.