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Small biz at high risk for data breach
From: Audrey McNeil <audrey () riskbasedsecurity com>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 19:08:49 -0600


The big data breaches make headlines — such as the millions of consumers
whose financial secrets were exposed by the Target Corp. hack and the
Heartbleed software bug.

But for every high-profile case, there are dozens of threats to
confidential data held by everyday enterprises: wine shops, dentist
offices, colleges, gay and lesbian community centers, makers of dog tags,
defense electronics, sports gear.

The examples are culled from a list of breaches maintained by the
California attorney general. They expose an underside of U.S. commerce
populated not only by omnipresent hackers, but by thieves who snatch office
computers, disgruntled vendors who use purloined data to slander businesses
and poach employees, and ex-employees who turn traitor for profit.

The consequences can be costly, as 80sTees.com of Pennsylvania discovered
when someone believed to be a former high-ranking employee accessed the
identities of customers all over the country. The retro shirt seller
stopped accepting credit cards for four months, launched a new website and
blocked all employees from accessing clients’ financial information.

Many small firms know little or nothing about cybersecurity, according to
the National Small Business Association, despite the prevalence of data
thefts. The trade group reported that 44 percent of respondents to a survey
last year had been victims of at least one cyberattack, with an average
$8,699.48 cost for each breach.
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