One in five Irish people have been the victim of cyber-crime, which cost the Irish economy over €350 million last year alone. Cybercrime is one of the lowest ranked risks globally however concern has almost doubled since 2013 according to a recent study by Zurich. Research has found that sixty percent of small businesses suffered a malicious breach in the past year and half of them had a serious incident. The worst breaches disrupted operations for small businesses for an average of seven to ten days.
The question is, how do you side-step these type of disruptions? Solution — Runa Sandvik, world famous privacy and security researcher. Runa is a confirmed keynote speaker at the Smart Business Show being held in the RDS, Dublin the 22nd & 23rd April 2015. From throwing a CryptoParty with Edward Snowden, writing for Forbes and advising the Freedom of the Press Foundation, Runa will certainly help you from falling into the cybercrime trap.
Runa was named as one of the top 25 infosec leaders to follow on Twitter by Information Security Buzz, describes herself as a future hacker says, “The laws for privacy we’re seeing these days are having a chilling effect on freedom of expression,” Sandvik said an the event, based in Shoreditch Studios. “People are no longer publishing material because they are worried how it might look. Journalists are worried about certain topics — will they get hacked, sued, harassed, threatened, and beaten because some people don’t necessarily agree with what they are writing about?”
Saying this, small to medium sized businesses are the new target for hackers. When you think about it, it’s quite simple. SME’s have a million and one ‘more important’ tasks to get on with, we are worried about their own activities and don’t think about external threats. Hacking threats are becoming more widespread, more and more business owners do not have anything in place to combat hackers. What would you do if your business was suddenly hacked? Do you have a plan in place to prevent this? According to the 2013 Global Security Report by Trustwave, seventy-one percent of small business owners were victims of a data breach because they are the least equipped to protect themselves against an attack. Hackers have realised that they can steal as much card data from fifteen smaller merchants compared to a larger merchant. Therefore authorities do not have the resources to investigate fifteen smaller breaches compared to one large highly publicised breach.
Get your plan in gear by visiting the Smart Business Show at the RDS, on 22 & 23 April 2015 and you can learn from Runa Sandvik and protect your business from hackers. As a Small Business Can reader you can attend the show for as little as €10.00 (RRP: €30.00) here.
For more information visit Smart Business Show.