Hackers are not just looking for large amounts of
credit cards like you see on TV and in the movies...
Common questions and statements heard by small businesses when discussing
hacking and cybersecurity:
I don’t have anything hackers want
I am too small; nobody can find me
Nobody cares about what data I have
I don’t have any data anyone wants
I downloaded all kinds of super security software, I’m good
I am not a target
I can’t keep up with all those patches, because my hardware is too old
Security software just slows down my computer
I only browse to safe websites
We don’t have the money to afford needless expenses
The reality is that anyone who uses a computer connected to the Internet is
susceptible to the threats that computer hackers and malware pose. Smaller
businesses also have less resources to spend on monitoring and defending their
computers, systems and networks. While at the same time, small businesses have
many different types of assets and data that hackers want and use. As large
organizations, governments and other businesses get better at cybersecurity, many
hackers will look for easier targets such as smaller businesses.
Small businesses are increasingly looked at as a gateway to larger businesses. For
that reason many large enterprises have instituted 3
party supplier security
assessments and do not accept bids or services from organizations that don’t meet
minimally acceptable security controls.
What Do Hackers Want With Me?
Don’t have anything they want?
Think you’re not a target? See how many of these items you
have that hackers want
Checklist for Small and Mid sized Businesses
Have a business website? hackers can:
Compromise your website to host malware, then
get other businesses and your users to download
Host copyrighted material on your website, like
illegal movies, music, books or other digital
Host child pornography, you get the blame and
they remain anonymous
Send spam, you get the blame and they remain
Create a phishing site, a site that looks like
another site designed to steal your information
Have an email account? Hackers can:
Send scam emails from your account
Harvest your address book and attack all your
Look through your email history to harvest
additional account information and credentials
you use on other sites
Access to company email resources and
proprietary or even protected information
Have social media accounts? Hackers can:
Ruin your reputation by posting links to malware,
ads for enhancement medications or other
general spam
Friend other hackers and expose all your
information and attack your friends
Have a computer on-line? Hackers can:
Install Ransomware
Perform webcam image extortion, take pictures
of you through your webcam and threaten to
post them on the internet if you don’t pay money
Add your computer to a bot net, an network of
computers who’s owners don’t know that their
systems are on the Internet performing various
Spam Zombie, similar to a bot but sending large
amounts of emails to lists all over the world
DDoS Extortion Zombie, a type of bot that sends
large amounts of data to a single target system
in coordination with thousands of other system
by order of the hacker
Use your computer as a click Fraud Zombie,
creating fake clicks on ads to run up advertising
rates and charges
Anonymization Proxy, hackers can hide
themselves behind your computer so that their
actions look like your actions
CAPTCHA solving Zombie, hackers can use your
computer’s resources to solve CAPTCHA’s in
order to automate the signup process for other
social media accounts
Have access to an online resource? Hackers
Use your eBay/PayPal accounts to make
fake transactions or steal your money
Sell illegal or virtual goods
Steal your online currency
Sell stolen software license keys
Steal your online gaming credentials, to
stack their deck or steal your money
Guess your website credentials, because
you used a poor password,
Skype/VoIP Credentials, to spam others or
entice them to download malware
Get into your bank account data to steal
your money
Get into your credit card data to steal your
Get into your stock trading account to steal
your money
Get into your mutual fund/401k Account to
steal your money
Get into your tax account with an
accountant to steal your money
Store data? Hackers can:
Steal and sell or use personal identifiable
information to commit fraud or ruin credit
Steal personal health information to commit
insurance fraud, drug fraud or purchase
medication to then resell on the black
Steal credit card data to get money and
make unauthorized purchases
Steal names, birth dates, and policy
numbers to create fake IDs and buy
medical equipment to resell
Steal data to do other things like:
Refinance your own home and take
out a home equity loan on the
house you live in
File tax returns using your
File for bankruptcy and use your
Serve jail time with your identity
Collect government benefits that
you should be getting
Get a house, apartment or car with
your information
Empty your bank account
Everyone has something to lose. Just because you’re a small business does not make
you less of a target. Even as an individual, you are a target for hackers and malware.
Basic, yet cost effective, security services are a necessity for any small business
wishing to succeed.
Your cybersecurity alarm system expertly monitors your network, alerting you to
intrusions and credible cybersecurity threats
There are ultimately many things you need to do
to protect your small business from cybersecurity
issues. TTEC Computers helps eliminate these risks by
providing fully automated network monitoring,
threat detection, downloading and deployment of
missing patches while keeping installed anti-virus
and anti-malware software up-to-date. We fix
vulnerabilities before they are exploited and reduce
the time required to remediate any detected issues.
Security experts at TTEC Computers
are on your side when incident response is needed.
Of small businesses think they
are too small to be a
hacker target
Of small businesses have
been victims of a cyber attack
Experienced a negative
Loss of customer info
Loss of employee info
Expensive Downtime
Loss of company info
Loss of $$$$