Perhaps you were aware that support for your business computers using the Windows XP operating system was being discontinued as of April 8, 2014, maybe not. Were you able to compile an inventory of the Windows XP machines in use at your business or in virtual home offices of your employees and upgrade them? Why as a business owner, office manager, or IT support person should you care and be motivated to come up with a plan if you have yet to?
Your business is vulnerable. According to global security solutions provider Symantec, over 30% of targeted spear phishing attacks during 2013 were aimed at companies with less than 250 employees. End of life support by Microsoft for the Windows XP operating system eliminates critical support updates that help ensure the security and reliability of the operating system as well as on-line technical information updates that help techies resolve issues when PCs have problems. If you think that your virus software will protect your XP computers, you are mistaken.
Cyber criminals target organizations to steal and or store stolen information. Small businesses are targets since stealth attacks or the storage of stolen information can persist for long periods of time without detection. Targeted attacks result in malware being planted within an unsuspecting company that then provides hackers access to the target company’s computers.
As a business, you may have both legal and regulatory compliance issues, if you process credit cards and or store personal and private information such as social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, bank and credit/debit card numbers, healthcare records, etc. Even if you don’t have such information, the loss or compromise of your company intellectual property and bank accounts, client data, and other sensitive information can lead to significant reputational harm, financial losses, and legal problems.
In an article published earlier this year titled “Why Your Small Business Is at Risk of a Hack Attack” Entrepreneur provides an overview of what is happening with the world of cyber crime. This is a quick worthwhile read if you want to learn more of how and why your business may be a target.
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