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When it comes to cyberattacks, small businesses are often collateral damage

When it comes to cyberattacks, small businesses are often collateral damage (Expert Blogs and Opinion)

While much attention is paid to enterprise threats and risk management, there is little spoken about the risks to the thousands of small companies surrounding the locations of big corporations. In fact, collateral damage in the cybersecurity industry defines situations in which malicious characters take aim at a big target (i.e. an enterprise), and incidentally find that while the main target is difficult to infiltrate, the smaller companies surrounding it are easy prey to breach. The same is true for any major corporation, government institute, or financial establishment and its neighbours in that the large organisation has the ability to remain virtually threat-free, while the surrounding businesses are affected from attacks originally targeted at the enterprise. Today, cybersecurity companies’ main client base is targeted at mostly large corporations that are able to pay the big cash for high-grade, extremely expensive systems set in place to protect their million-dollar servers. In fact, the methods used to launch cyberattacks incidentally make small businesses the perfect target for attackers looking to access easy money.

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