When you think of cybercrime, what comes to mind? You are probably thinking of international businesses, banking networks or global conglomerates; in short, big businesses. Well, you’re wrong. Small businesses are just as vulnerable. In fact, any business that uses the Internet for whatever purpose can be a victim of cybercrime. Thankfully, there’s a solution at hand!

Cybercrime against small businesses is not just a real threat; it is on the increase.

A 2016 report by cybersecurity firm Symantec shows that cases of cybercrime targeting small business rose from 18% in 2011 to 43% in 2016.

Cybercriminals will steal your vital organizational and customer data and then demand huge sums of money before they can release the data. They literally hold you to ransom.

They will also steal your identity, that of your staff and clients and use it to obtain money from unsuspecting people.

So, maybe you are convinced but are thinking, “it’s just too much of a bother, I don’t have the time right now”.

Failure to protect your business can be very costly. Imagine losing your precious data, your hard earned money or your reputation that has taken so long to build.

On the other hand, implementing protective measures will save you money and give you peace of mind. In the unfortunate incident that your business is attacked, recovery will be faster and less costly with minimal disruption to your business.

So how do you go about protecting your business?

Fortunately, Stay Smart Online has it all sorted out for you. Stay Smart Online offers sound advice on several dimensions of cybersecurity, in a language that you can understand. 

The Australian government's Stay-Smart-Online-Small-Business-Guide, will start you off on the journey to cybersecurity.

Thanks to this advice, you can soon breathe easy and sleep easy knowing that your business is secure from cyber attacks.