Small Businesses and Cybersecurity: What You Need To Know

October 12, 2017

Birmingham, AL - In keeping with its mission to advance marketplace trust for all, the Better Business Bureau surveyed over 1,000 small businesses to assess the state of cybersecurity in North America. More than one out of five businesses reported being the target of a cyberattack, and approximately one out of ten reported being a target in the last 12 months. About half of the businesses surveyed reported they could remain profitable for only one month if they lost essential data.

Small businesses are aware of many of the dangers associated with storing and sharing information online, but many of them lack the resources and expertise to tackle the problem. The study takes into account the sometimes small budgets of small businesses and encourages business owners to conduct a cost-benefit analysis before implementing cybersecurity standards and frameworks.

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