Summit aims to protect small businesses from cyber attacks

11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago Tuesday, August 30 2016 Aug 30, 2016 Tuesday, August 30, 2016 3:33:00 PM CDT August 30, 2016 in News
By: Jacob Kornhauser, KOMU 8 News
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Small businesses are increasingly prone to cyber security attacks. A summit in Jefferson City Tuesday was designed to educate the public on ways to ensure an attack doesn't happen to them. 

According to Symantec's 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, cyber attacks on small businesses have accounted for 43 percent of total hacks this year. That is up from just 18 percent in 2011. 

Kevin Seiler, of Check Point Software Technologies, said small businesses are often at risk because of owners' low valuation of their company as a whole. 

"The biggest mistake small businesses make is that they underestimate the value of what they have and what they own. Often, they think they don't have anything of value to be taken," Seiler said. 

Jamie Cote, an owner of Personalized Computers in Columbia, said harm can range from embarrassment (email chains that get sent out) to loss of productivity, to theft of vital company information. 

Cote said the best way to avoid such things is to create more than one backup of company files. 

"It's the multi-tiered backups, not just having a backup on the same hard drive of your Quick Books file. It's important to have an internal, external, and off-site backup," Cote said. 

Many of the security breaches aren't initially caused by attacks, but rather inadvertent information put at risk by employees of small businesses.

"Most security breaches are not because somebody was trying to hurt you, most of them are done because they're trying to help you," Seller said.

"Many times, an employee will try to go the extra mile to help the business grow without even realizing the risk they might have just put onto it," he said. 

To prevent cyber security from becoming a problem in the first place, Cote said his company preaches preventative maintenance much like many other industries do. That includes back-up plans and employee training.

"Dental offices, they preach the same type of thing. Health care in general talks about taking care of things ahead of time before they become a problem, so we have a similar approach," Cote said. 

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - The incoming freshmen at Blair Oaks High School will become the first class to not have a... More >>
3 hours ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 8:59:00 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Angela Speck, the director of astronomy at the University of Missouri, gave a presentation titled, "Doing Science in... More >>
8 hours ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:36:00 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
PIKE COUNTY, Mo. - A man was charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action after Alexander Koch died... More >>
8 hours ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:32:00 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - With mid-Missouri preparing for the upcoming eclipse on Monday, Laws Observatory played host to an event made to... More >>
9 hours ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 3:18:00 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former school bus driver in eastern Missouri has been sentenced to 20 years in prison... More >>
10 hours ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 1:58:58 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - With the eclipse nearly here, crews in Jefferson City were busy preparing for festivities Saturday. On... More >>
11 hours ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 1:19:00 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in Eclipse Planning
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Confederate memorial in Kansas City was vandalized with graffiti overnight. Local media show someone... More >>
12 hours ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 12:41:00 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's child abuse hotline now accepts out-of-state calls. First lady Sheena Greitens said she learned... More >>
13 hours ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 11:06:17 AM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – The University of Missouri will host and sponsor numerous events this weekend leading up to Monday’s total solar... More >>
13 hours ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 10:58:00 AM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
CHAFFEE (AP) — A southeast Missouri man is facing murder conspiracy charges for allegedly trying to hire a hit man... More >>
13 hours ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 10:55:54 AM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — In towns and cities along the path of the solar eclipse, some school districts are seizing... More >>
14 hours ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 10:47:03 AM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Firefighters will be hitting the street with their boots in their hands. Columbia Fire Department will... More >>
19 hours ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 5:00:00 AM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Helias Catholic High School won’t have to borrow Jefferson City High School’s stadium anymore after it opened... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 7:18:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri State Parks officials say they can't verify that solar eclipse glasses the agency sold meet... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 6:48:40 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in Eclipse Events
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorneys for a Missouri man convicted of killing a former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter 19 years... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 6:30:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Seth MacVittie, 36, of Fulton, is under investigation of escape from the Callaway County Jail Friday. ... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 6:07:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
PETTIS COUNTY - The man shot and killed at a trailer park outside the Sedalia city limits Thursday afternoon has... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 5:12:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - UPDATE: The suspect is now in custody and was processed in the Boone County Jail Friday evening. ... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 4:16:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 75°
1am 71°
2am 70°
3am 69°
4am 69°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

12:32a
Open House NYC
1:02a
Open House NYC
1:30a
The Insider
12:00a
Canvas
2:00a
Elementary
3:00a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

6:00p
Gymnastics
8:00p
American Ninja Warrior
6:00p
Cliffhanger
8:00p
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld