Wednesday 5 August 2020



In today's world, where the business sector is growing rapidly at every scale, and where the technology and  internet are considered to be the backbone of functioning of the organisation the risk of cyber attacks and threats have also grown at the same rate. India has seen a 37 per cent increase in cyberattacks in the first quarter (Q1) of 2020, as compared to the fourth quarter (Q4) of last year, a new report revealed. Now a days small size businesses are majorly on the target list of the cyber attackers.

As businesses try to digitally transform themselves, security is one of the key aspects that will need to be considered. A legacy IT environment is bound to have many vulnerabilities because of the need to constantly patch and update outdated software, issues with integration and difficulties in effectively managing an entire IT infrastructure from a security perspective. Experts says small
businesses are becoming target of attacker due to lack of Guarding and security.
Small businesses make up about 58 percent of all malware victims. These attacks leave them with malware infections, a trend that is on the rise. Studies have revealed that more than 90 percent of the time, attacks are made possible because people still open suspicious email and click on attachments. Small businesses, on average, face about ten such threats each month for each employee that they have. Should an employee make a mistake even once, it could be a disaster for the business. 
There are other ways in which attacks happen, as well. Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol, a method of remotely controlling computers for service purposes. If  use a simple password is used,, it can likely be easily cracked by attackers, who then gain control of the system.according to cyber security experts india has faced more than 500% increase in cyber and amidst the lockdown. Most of the attacks are below the radar and include attacks on small companies, money lost, phishing, said Pavan Duggal, a Supreme Court advocate and cyber law expert.

there was a marked increase in phishing attacks. Phishing is of two types--one which is targeted at selected individuals, called spear phishing, who may be of high net worth, while the other is done at a mass scale.
There has been a 3x-4x increase in phishing over mass scale since December.
Yet while human error continues to be at the front face of attacks, a problem that gets attention is that these organisations don’t have the appropriate tools or resources comb through their network for attacks. Interestingly, when it came to their biggest challenges around security, a considerable 53% (second only to human error) cited the ‘pace of change in cyber-security and the evolving capabilities of threat actors’ – a sure sign that many SMBs simply do not have the budget or resources to protect themselves from the threats they are now facing. Managing third-party suppliers (33%) rounded out the top three security challenges, although small business leaders did also have concerns around network visibility (25%), a lack of human resources (20%) and cloud security (20%).

Small businesses are focused on efficiency and scalability, retaining and attracting the best talent and ensuring that their platforms are both easy to use and secure. However, driving innovation and reliability at the same time is no easy task, especially as many of these variables are ever-changing. This is why small firms are largely looking to technology and technology providers to help them with these challenges, and to drive innovation.
As per a  survey, data security was cited as one of the coming year’s highest priorities for However some steps may be taken in order to avoid the cyber attacking threats. Choosing for a comprehensive encryption,advanced authentication and leading-edge malware prevention from a single source, ensuring small businesses get robust, centralised data security, and protection from data security breaches, protecting data on devices and on external media.
Training the employees about cyber security, securing the company's wifi networks, changing passwords regularly, using a firewall for internet connection, making backup copies for the important data , installing the antivirus on every software system of the company, controlling the access to the network components, etc would help in making the cyber security of a SMB  strong.

By understanding the use of technology and using best class security solutions businesses can rest assured that they are as secure and compliant as possible, and work on the areas of the business.
Khizra khan
manager HR( intern) 
Aircrew aviation pvt ltd.
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