Seemingly everywhere you look these days, there are new stories popping up in the news about companies being hacked. No one is immune – big businesses, small businesses, companies in just about every sector you can name. Cybercrime is everywhere. Anyone can be hacked at any time.
"It's time you protected yourself – ideally, using secure cloud backup resources."
If you're not aware of the risk of your business being hacked, you're falling asleep on the job. Data breaches are a widespread problem affecting countless companies today, and the financial impact is staggering. It's time you protected yourself – ideally, using secure cloud backup resources that will keep your data safe.
The reality of hacking today
If you take a quick look around, it's not hard to realize – hacking is everywhere. It's having a major impact on American business, according to The Guardian. The news source recently reported on Center for Strategic and International Studies survey data revealing that cybercrime and cyberspying cost the U.S. economy a total of $100 billion per year, and the global economy $300 billion.
John Fodera, a partner at EisnerAmper, told The Guardian that it's time for companies to scrutinize their vendors and survey their risk of getting hacked.
"You have to start by doing a cyber-risk assessment and analyze the data from your employees and customers, and how you're protecting that information," Fodera said.
Not enough companies are doing this currently. A McAfee report found almost 90 percent of small- and medium-sized American businesses are not using any kind of protection for internal and customer information. It's time for this to change.
Examples are just about everywhere
If you think your business is immune to getting hacked, you'd best think again. The fact is that just about anyone can get hit with a cyberattack. The Heritage Foundation noted that attacks in 2014 affected a wide range of different businesses – they included retail organizations (Target, Home Depot), tech services (Google's Gmail, Apple's iCloud) and many more.
Riley Walters, a research assistant at the foundation, argued that it's time for corporate America to take action.
"The recent increases in the rate and the severity of cyberattacks on U.S. companies indicate a clear threat to businesses and customers," Walters stated.
With this in mind, every business in 2015 has a clear need for a stronger approach to disaster recovery planning. If you're not planning for the possibility of being hacked, you're leaving yourself exposed.
How you can stay protected
Fortunately, this is one of the many advantages of cloud computing. If you're able to store your company's data remotely, in the cloud, your business will be much better off. For one thing, it will be tougher for hackers to access your files this way, and for another, even if you do get hacked, you will have backup copies of your data that will be easy to retrieve.
The scary thing about cybercrime in 2015 is that no one is completely safe. Anyone can be hacked. But if you rely on cloud-based disaster recovery services moving forward, your business will be far more prepared than most.