Why do hackers target small, third party service providers first?
Imagine you are an unethical hacker with a beef and the company you want to hurt is a massive corporation. You’re not going to go after the mothership directly, no, not chase.com or pepsico.com.
Chances are awesome that they have dozens of small, third-party service providers with far weaker security that can offer far easier and stealthier entry into their systems. Target Corporation recently gave us a great example of this.
Smaller businesses are also easy targets for cybercriminals because they typically believe these myths:
We don’t have anything worth protecting
It won’t happen to us
Even if we get hacked, no one will care or find out
Hackers already know small shops have fewer resources than large enterprises and generally like to think they’re not at risk.
Research shows otherwise.Small businesses are low-hanging fruit, flimsy doors cybercriminals can easily kick in to gain access to larger enterprises. This is why more and more enterprise-sized clients are demanding their smaller partners step up their game through education and practical cyber resiliency strategies.
This preparedness is quickly becoming a differentiator as smaller agencies compete for the same clients. The challenge is that most information security tools and methods are designed and priced for the large enterprise and are too complex and cost-prohibitive for the smaller shops.
This is what inspired WIMZKL to create a 3-phase process that begins with the Resiliency Diagnostic. Is it worth 15-20 hours of your time to protect the bottom line?