# 18 – Avoiding The Hacks That Kill Companies Like Yours, with Expert Peter Clay

Did you know that 60% of small businesses that get hacked go out of business in less than 6 months?  It’s true, and it’s avoidable.  Listen to expert tips from cybersecurity guru LISTEN-NOW-DIY-CYBERGUYPeter Clay.

Iranian Hackers

Hair on Fire 1 of 5:

Recently, the Department of Justice filed charges against nine Iranian hackers over alleged attacks on more than 300 universities in the United States and abroad. The suspects are charged with breaking in to the networks of:

  • 144 US universities in the US
  • 176 universities in 21 countries outside the US (roughly 8,000 professors)
  • 47 private companies
  • the United Nations,
  • US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • The states of Hawaii and Indiana

The DOJ says the hackers stole 31 terabytes of data, estimated to be worth $3 billion in intellectual property.

Importantly – Officials also stressed that the hacking was conducted at the behest of the Iranian government, and Mabna Institute functioned as a contractor for the Revolutionary Guard. That’s State sponsored hacking.


Avoid getting hacked, which could close your business

Hair on Fire 5 of 5: Challenge your System Administrator

Why?  Because 58% of targeted attacks are focused on small businesses

What’s worse, The U.S’ National Cyber Security Alliance found that 60 percent of small companies are unable to sustain their businesses over six months after a cyber attack. According to the Ponemon Institute, the average price for small businesses to clean up after their businesses have been hacked stands at $690,000; and, for middle market companies, it’s over $1 million

Ask your System Administrator TODAY:

  1. Best ROI is employee training.www.udemy.com (free or low cost)
  2. Work with System Administrator (sys-admin)
  • error logs
  • frequency of patches
  • vulnerability scan
  • number of email accounts
  • blocking bad sites
  • incident response plan

Thanks for listening!

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David W. Schropfer

David W. Schropfer is the CEO of SAFE (Smartphone Authentication For Everyone), a cybersecurity company in New York (www.theSafe.io).  Every day, he and his team of professionals keep the people who use The SAFE Button protected from some of the most common traps, hacks and attacks that target computer systems of all sizes. David is the author of the bestselling cybersecurity book, Digital Habits: 5 Simple Tips to Help Keep You and Your Information Safe Online. His previous books, including The Smartphone Wallet and industry whitepapers, predicted some of the biggest trends in the payments, mobile, and security industries.  Since graduating Boston College, David earned an Executive MBA from the University of Miami.

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