Small businesses present a huge, unreported opportunity for hackers

It often seems like a week can’t pass without news breaking of a data breach at a retailer, government agency, or health insurer. But how many other breaches go unreported — or even unnoticed?

Large companies have systems that warn them about data breaches. Alarms went off when hackers stole at least 40 million credit cards from Target; it simply decided to ignore all the warnings. And of course the government knows — at least part of the time — when its systems have been compromised. (Repelling the attackers or learning not to open spam emails is another story entirely.)

Yet small businesses don’t often have access to the same systems. Some of that might be chalked up to their technical ignorance. it might also be caused by the belief that no one would bother to steal….

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