Vulnerable to attack: Businesses should boost cyber defenses


A cyberattack that leads to down time and lost data can be more costly for smaller companies than for larger businesses — an average of $763 per affected computer or other device versus $470, according to a 2018 study by the Poneman Institute, which researches data protection. Many small businesses don’t have sophisticated systems to protect themselves from hackers, viruses, malware and what’s called ransomware, which renders files inaccessible unless a computer user pays thieves to release them. And many owners aren’t tech-savvy enough to anticipate potential problems or don’t make use of technology staffers or outside help to strengthen their defenses.

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