Cyber crime is threat to all

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RESEARCH has found the majority of smaller businesses do not believe they are at risk of a cyber attack, with 59 per cent believing the information they hold isn’t of any interest or value to cyber criminals.

But according to Kaspersky Lab, this isn’t the case. Due to the lack of awareness of these threats, the often-overlooked human element and the limited security measures that may be in place, it’s becoming easier for cyber criminals to target small, local businesses.

David Emm, senior security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, says cyber criminals increasingly target small businesses to get information which will enable them to access the larger company’s infrastructure.

For example, if the firm in question is a widget supplier to a big name, a cyber criminal can sneak into their system if insecure and steal information.