Recent research suggests that the SMB sector is coming under an increasing number of cyber attacks from hackers and cyber criminals. Figures published by Symantec revealed that the number of attacks on companies with fewer than 250 staff had doubled in the six months to June 2012. Similarly AVG reported that it was predicting an increase on the £3.37 million of damage inflicted on UK SMB’s last year. Verizon confirmed that the majority of 855 data breaches analysed in their Data Breach Investigation Report had been inflicted upon SMB’s.
The question is; why are SMB’s being targeted? It would appear that the modest budgets available to small companies make them easier targets, giventhe lower level of expenditure on information security technologies. Especially since SMB’s frequently work as suppliers for larger organisations, making them a more attractive proposition to hackers than the more conventional direct attack on the corporate target.
What does this have to do with managed file transfer I hear you ask? MFT has generally been considered a technology more appropriate to corporate organisation’s – with its big price tag and grand title. Times are changing for the MFT marketplace and there are now some very comprehensive solutions available at really competitive prices. For those SMB’s considering how they should secure data transfers with their larger corporate customers, technologies exist at around the £4,000 mark which provide an equal amount of functionality as many corporate companies have.
To discuss your file transfer requirements, whether you’re an SMB or multi-national organisation, get in touch with Pro2col or give us a call on 0333 123 1240.