Small Businesses Online Are Prime Targets For Cyber-Attacks: Darktrace

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada is paving the way in supporting brick-and-mortar businesses struggling to make ends meet through the Digital Main Street’s ShopHERE program. This program, powered by the likes of Google Canada, provides free website support and marketing tools to increase the digital presence of small businesses to sell goods and services, given the need for many businesses to take operations online.

However, as businesses scramble to move online in order to keep afloat, many small business owners overlook a major concern that could jeopardize the entire operation – safeguarding themselves from cyber threats. For some small businesses, it could be impossible to recover from a successful cyber-attack.  

David Masson, Director of Enterprise Security for Darktrace had this comment in regards to how small business owners must invest in the right technology to safeguard themselves against threats:

“The provincial and federal government’s offer to help small businesses create online stores is great news for the country. The ongoing pandemic has created a real, pressing reliance on online commerce. Moving businesses online opens up new and exciting revenue streams and can also be more efficient, particularly with customer outreach and retention.

However, there is a big concern as businesses move into the virtual realm: security. Progressing too quickly can lead to future consequences or costs, including theft of their customers’ financial details or the damaging operational downtime following a successful attack. We’ve seen time and time again that when businesses move quickly, security can often be overlooked or underemphasized. Cyber security for newly online retail businesses is very doable, but requires forethought, planning, and investment in the right technology.”

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