SMEs are the backbone of the UK economy and companies with under 250 employees make up 99.9% of all businesses (some 5.7 million of them). More significantly, micro businesses (under 10 employees) account for 96% of these. 

With many small businesses carving their niche in the online space and selling their goods and services via their own e-commerce sites, it’s never been more important for SME owners to ensure their company is protected against cybercrime as customers want to be reassured that the data they share is safe.  

But when SME owners are busy running their businesses, warnings about cyber threats are often ignored as the “it won’t happen to me” mindset rules and the everyday duties of running their business take priority 

It’s akin to the imagery and stats used on cigarette packets to deter smokers. They don’t work. However, when a smoker is diagnosed with a smoking related illness, the situation becomes personal and very often their attention is focused on quitting. 

Likewise, with cyber. You have to make it personal for the SME market to pay attention. Yet, most IT service providers, tech vendors and insurers (promoting cyber insurance) waste fortunes on advertising campaigns that no-one respondto. 

The Dark Web 

The fact is, for the majority of us, our data has already been stolen and is for sale on the dark web. Enormous amounts of data have been acquired in infamous breaches from the likes of Yahoo, Equifax, LinkedIn, BUPA, Three, Talk Talk and Sports Direct. 

Hackers use stolen email and password combinations on a range of sites to commit cybercrime. They do this by utilizing credential stuffing attacks which use bots to automatically test millions of email and password combinations on a whole range of website login pages. And, most concerningly, even when passwords employ protective hashing, hackers are able to crack them and are able to see them in plain text. 

Our dark web search and monitoring tools help SMEs to immediately see if there data has been stolen and we can then work with them to bolster their defences and plug any holes in their IT infrastructure to ensure they don’t become a victim of a cyber attack. 

We help SME owners across Yorkshire and beyond understand the risks to their business from cyber threats. We give them peace of mind by running a free dark web search to check if their data is already for sale on the dark web and help them take steps to prevent it being used against them. 

If you’re worried your SME might be at risk from a cyber attack, get in touch right away.

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