By Neil King
McAfee explains why you should protect your computer and how to do it.
Some SMEs may feel that their company is too small to be a target of interest to external attackers. But malware designed to exploit vulnerabilities in the most commonly deployed systems generally doesn’t care about the size of the company – companies of all sizes are affected by both the benefits and the risks of IT.
And to the extent that large businesses (with more to lose) have invested more strongly in security measures, attackers may view SMEs as the lower-hanging fruit.
For example, note that two-thirds (67 percent) of the data breaches investigated in a Verizon Business study occurred in organisations of less than 100 employees. In some cases, the SME may not be the attacker’s direct target, but the weakest link in a value chain that provides the easiest means to the attacker’s ultimate objective.
Most of the incidents in the Verizon Business study involved external hacking (50 percent of breaches, 89 percent of records), but SMEs are not immune to internal attackers, either. The annual cost of internal fraud can be substantial – in the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners 2012 Global Fraud Study, fraud accounted for an average of five percent of annual revenue, with a median loss per incident of $140,000. Many of these are IT-related problems, with IT security controls as an important part of the solution.
Malware has continued to evolve, and its reach is growing. Not only has stealth malware become more sophisticated, but mobile devices have increasingly been targeted, adding to the existing threats.
SMEs have to stay current. This is one of the best ways to ensure you know the dangers and how to counter them. Security solutions from companies such as McAfee are on the forefront of the battle against malware, and using them can give you peace of mind, allowing you to concentrate on actually running your business.
There are a variety of options when it comes to spyware, protection and security. For SMEs the most prevalent solutions are endpoint products, such as McAfee’s Real Time - which identifies and remediates under-protected parts of your computer – and DeepDefender – which tackles increasingly common stealthy malware.
Additional products such as Risk Advisor, Application Control, and a series of endpoint protection suites, mean that McAfee alone has a range of options wide enough for you to be able to tally up a package your company’s needs.
Whichever rout you take, keeping your technology safe from harm is essential to a smooth-running business, and a professional package is sure to give you peace of mind.