SMEs are the new target for cyber attackers

According to The Times of India, cyber attackers are now turning to small and medium non-IT enterprises, also known as SMEs.

Cyber crime experts are citing a rise in phishing attacks against small to medium sized businesses on a regular basis. So why is this?

Well cyber security expert, Anshul Abhang, said that “The reason is that non-IT SMEs do not have much investment in IT security infrastructure or solutions. Also, they are not fully aware of the current cyber security scenario. Nowadays, cyber attackers target those enterprises that are capital rich in nature, i.e. those maintaining good amount of money in their bank accounts for working capital requirements.”

The 2011 Symantec SMB (Small Medium Business) Threat Awareness Poll found that while awareness is high, most SMBs do not consider themselves targets (due to their size) and so are not implementing proper safeguard to protect themselves.

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