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Who is more at risk? Large or small practices?

Who is more at risk? Large or small practices?

It goes without saying the pot of gold at the end of a hacker’s rainbow is personal, private data. And, one would assume that larger pools of such data would have a hacker’s mouth water and be the prime target for a potential breach.

So, since we promised you an answer to our Facebook trivia question of “When it comes to cyber attacks, which type of practice is more likely to be a target? Large, or small?” the answer is …

Smaller practices.

Seems backwards, right? Kind of. But for these three reasons, it makes perfect sense.

  • Less IT expertise. Hackers place smaller businesses in their crosshairs because they’re more likely to prioritize other expenses, leaving them with a lack of resources to employ proper security or protection.
  • Less likely to have a firewall. No firewall? It’s like leaving the front door of your data house wide open. Once a hacker gets inside, they have access to data across the ENTIRE network. Smaller practices usually lack in the proper layers of protection.
  • Employees are less likely to be trained in information security. An organization which doesn’t enforce staff security policies is a much easier and thus more appealing target than, say, a large corporation which constantly invests in expert training and building awareness. IBM reports that 52 percent of breaches are caused by human error or system failure – 48 percent by malicious intent.

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