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Cybersecurity 101 for small business owners


Marcin Kleczynski, CEO and founder at Malwarebytes, on everything small business owners need to know about cybersecurity.

Running a small business can sometimes feel as if you are constantly spinning plates. There are a million and one things you need to focus on, but a critical one is cybersecurity.

SMBs that operate exclusively on the internet have an untold opportunity at their fingertips. From being able to do business 24 hours a day, seven days a week to cost savings and flexibility, the benefits are huge. But it also brings a number of risks from financial and data loss to reputational damage and business downtime. Therefore, you really need to ensure that your IT network is fully protected and secure.

Cybercrime is continuing its exponential rise, with its army wreaking havoc on small businesses across the globe. Our Second Annual State of Ransomware report found that the downtime after an attack is the killer, not the ransom demands. We found that for 15% of impacted organisations, a ransomware infection caused 25 or more hours of downtime and for some it caused systems to be down for more than 100 hours — costly for any small or medium business. ...