The recent WannaCry ransomware worm hit an estimated 74 countries worldwide and affected more than 550,000 total computers – 60,000 in just its first day. And now Petya is following in Wannacry’s footsteps, exploiting the same Windows vulnerability to get infosec pros scrambling again. With high impact attacks becoming faster and more sophisticated than ever, security needs to evolve as well. And the best way to even the playing field is through security automation.
In today’s threat environment, focusing on prevention alone is no longer a sufficient strategy. In 2016, there were 40% more reported incidents of data breaches compared to 2015. Experts anticipate that the number of incidents will increase further in 2017.
Are you concerned about cyber-attacks threatening your small business? You are not alone.
According to a recent National Small Business Association (NSBA) survey, 94% of small business owners are concerned their businesses will be the target of a cyber-attack. Their concerns are valid.
Forty two percent of the NSBA’s 65,000 members report having been victimized by cyberattacks on assets ranging from stolen credit card information to bank accounts to entire networks. Without a doubt, cyber criminals are targeting small businesses.
Evolving Threats and New Technology Challenges
When you look at the rising hostility of the threat environment and the pace of change on the technology front, it’s no surprise small business owners worry about security.
Technology trends such as Bring Your Own Device (BOYD); the rise of mobile, multi-device workforces; wireless access and the cloud have greatly expanded network attack surfaces and increased the number of potential threat vectors. This has made protecting small business networks a lot more complex especially when the majority of small businesses, 60% according to Fortinet, use a mix it IT components from multiple vendors.
The increasing velocity and intelligence of threats adds to the challenge. In 2016; for example, Fortinet found the average small business was compromised by four pieces of active malware. As for threat intelligence, the 2016 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report shows the vast majority of malware found was unique to the organization and seen for an astounding 58 seconds or less before causing an incident.
In these sorts of conditions, the need for small businesses to simplify complex IT environments and scale up security to keep pace with ever-evolving threat landscapes has become all the more apparent.
The Need for a Consolidated, Adaptive Approach
Faced with increasing costs and demands on IT resources, many small businesses have turned to Unified Threat Management (UTM) technology as an all-in-one security solution offering the benefits of advanced security in a more affordable, easy-to-manage package.
Unfortunately, cyber criminals are continually on the lookout for new ways to compromise your business. To counter the threat, your security technology needs to stay one step ahead.
As a small business in a big business threat environment, you need a UTM that helps you simplify and improve security on dynamic threat landscapes by:
Extending network security policy to endpoints both on-premises and off premises
Securing web-facing applications from exploit and intrusion
Facilitating the continuous inspection of seemingly benign files to identify, log and share intelligence on previously unknown malware
XenWinGo knows that today’s small businesses need an affordable, scalable UTM that can simplify security management while offering enterprise level protection. That’s why we recommend looking at Fortinet’s Connected UTM. The recognized leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant, Fortinet’s UTM offers the broadest set of top-rated, integrated networking and security components from one console.
A Fortinet partner, XenWinGo is uniquely qualified to help your small business implement an effective, adaptable UTM solution customized for your specific needs.