Most Small Businesses Have No Cyber Attack Response Plan

This post is part of the series, SmallBusiness.com Guide to Business Computer and Tech Security: Advice, alerts and information about digital security threats faced by small businesses. You can browse other posts in the series below.

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  5. Homeland Security Tips for Choosing Harder to Hack Passwords

  6. Passwords Are Stolen Everyday; How to Protect Yours From Being One of Them

  7. How to Recognize and Avoid an Attempt to Crack Your Two-Step Verification Passwords

  8. How Voice Recognition Software is Being Used to Detect Cyber Criminals

  9. How to Avoid a New Cyber Attack Attempting to Access Small Business Bank  Funds

  10. Seven Resolutions for 2016 That Will Help Protect Your Small Business Computers

  11. Top Ten Free Antivirus Utilities For Your Small Business | 2016

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  13. If Your Business Bank Account Gets Hacked, Your Bank May Blame You

  14. Why You Should Still Use a Password Management System, Even if You Heard One Was ‘Hacked’

  15. Advice From Google on Avoiding Scams Directed at Small Businesses

  16. More Tips for Actively Managing Your Passwords

  17. What Small Business Customers Should Know and Do About the JPMorgan Chase Cyberattack

  18. How Hackers Use ‘Social Engineering’ and How to Prevent It

  19. Ten Tips From the FCC for Improving Your Small Business Cyber Security

  20. Password Protection Advice from SmallBusiness.com

  21. Ebay Asks 145 Million Users to Change Passwords

  22. What is Two-Step Verification and Why You Should Start Using Them

  23. How (and Why) to Use a Password Management Application

  24. How to Reduce the Odds of Being Hacked While Using Public Wifi


According to a survey of 500 small business owners released Tuesday (11/10/2015), nearly two-thirds of owners said their company has been a victim of some form of cyber attack in the past. Despite that, nearly 80 percent do not have a cyber attack response plan. The survey was commissioned by Nationwide Insurance and conducted by Harris Interactive. (Earlier this year, Nationwide released similar findings from the same survey that revealed only 37 percent of the owners say their businesses have any form of disaster planning.)


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79% | Small businesses without a cyber attack response plan

Why do they not yet have such a plan?

46% | Say their software is secure enough
40% | Say they don’t feel their company will be affected by a cyber attack


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63% | Small businesses that have been victims of at least one type of cyber attack

What types of cyber attacks have they experienced?

44% | Computer virus
30% | Phishing
22% | Trojan horse
16% | Hacking
11% | Data breach
10% | Issues due to unpatched software
 9% | Unauthorized access to customer information
8% | Unauthorized access to company information


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73% | Are at least “somewhat concerned” with a potential cyber attack affecting their business

Fortunately, among the 79 percent without a plan currently, there is a high percentage business owners who are coming around to the realization that their company is not immune to the threat of a cyber attack.


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