Last week our nation celebrated the contributions and achievements of small businesses with the 50th anniversary of National Small Business Week. President Obama paid tribute to the spirit of small business owners in his kickoff speech, highlighting the critical role that SMBs play in the U.S. economy.
There are over 28 million small businesses in the U.S. today, making up nearly 45% of total U.S. private payroll. Combine these statistics with the vulnerabilities of small businesses with regards to cybercrime: limited IT support / expertise, limited awareness of cybercrime techniques and limited budgets – make small businesses prime targets for cyber criminals.
In 2012 alone, nearly 40 percent of SMBs were victims of a security breach. It is alarming that nearly 60 percent of SMBs will be forced to close their doors within six months of an attack- and even more shocking that only 17 percent of SMBs take any steps to secure company data on personal devices.
For small business owners, protecting their business, customers, employees and assets doesn’t have to be expensive or complex. To get started, here’s the 10-step checklist all SMBs should have and revisit quarterly to ensure they are protected: