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Coronavirus: Why Small Businesses Still Need to Prioritize Security

 

It’s overwhelming. Social distancing, guarding against the deadly coronavirus, stocking up on enough food for a potential lockdown … all the while trying to keep a small business afloat during one of the strangest and most uncertain periods of the last 100 years.

Of course, stopping the spread of coronavirus means working at home for all employees who are able. In turn, that means owners of small businesses must empower their employees to work in the same applications, at the same time, and in real time, no matter where they’re hunkered down for the duration.

Why cybersecurity should always be a priority

Moving critical accounting and business applications to the cloud can enable employers to achieve that goal and keep their small businesses going at a time when, simply put, many businesses will fail. But moving to the cloud does more than just protect a business from coronavirus panic. It also offers a more long-term form of protection: data security.

If anything, bad actors have ramped up email attacks as a result of the global reaction to coronavirus. That’s bad news for small businesses because smaller companies were already bearing the brunt of phishing attacks, malware launches and other forms of data theft. The numbers are staggering:

  • 50 percent of all cyber-attacks are committed against small businesses.
  • 58 percent of malware victims are small businesses.
  • 40 percent of small-business attack victims experience more than eight hours of downtime.

There are many more—and scarier—numbers when it comes to quantifying the importance of cybersecurity for small businesses. The fact is that cyber-attacks can and do destroy small businesses. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Get the numbers on how moving to the cloud can protect small businesses

Small businesses that move key applications to the cloud can minimize the effects of attacks by working with a cloud provider that can catch attacks and neutralize them before they have a chance to do any real damage.

Get the numbers in this infographic that tell the story of why cybersecurity is so important for small businesses at all times, both in periods of crisis and in “normal” times alike. And find out how moving to the cloud enables small businesses to protect themselves at low cost and with virtually no disruptions to their operations.

 

Copyright 2020 by Right Networks used with permission by the author

 
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