WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- One local business owner is grateful for having participated in the Threat Sketch risk assessment. After going through the process, he was made more aware of cybersecurity issues facing his business and is taking steps to make improvements.
The company is a small business that provides farm-fresh food products, baked goods and ready-to-eat dinners to residents of a small town in rural North Carolina. As of 2016, the company expanded from a farmer's market booth to a storefront, servicing customers year-round. With the company growing, they decided to take part in the Threat Sketch risk assessment to help prioritize and budget for cybersecurity measures.
Through the survey, the company learned one of its biggest risks was at their point-of-sale transactions. Because the company uses the town's public wifi to process credit and debit card orders, it is at risk for someone sitting outside the establishment and skimming customers' data as it is sent through cyberspace to the processing center. The survey results also showed that the company was at a high risk of cyber espionage. An attack of this nature would cost the company the most both financially and to its reputation.
"I'm glad we were able to complete a risk assessment with Threat Sketch," the small business owner says. "My consciousness was raised when it comes to cybersecurity issues. Not only do I have a better awareness, but I've been able to make a plan to try to mitigate the possibility of a cyber attack."
Because the Threat Sketch risk assessment is designed specifically for small businesses, the report the business owner received was pertinent to his own operation and gave clear parameters for making plans for the future. "It was small businesses just like this one that served as inspiration for the launching of Threat Sketch and our proprietary risk assessment," says Rob Arnold, CEO, Threat Sketch. "The needs and risks of small businesses are different than for larger businesses, and we worked those factors into our algorithm to create a product that would be helpful and affordable.
Businesses need to make sure they are protected against cyber attacks. To find out more about cybersecurity issues facing small businesses, visit Threat Sketch online. The company's online education center provides a wealth of information about the types of attacks businesses are facing and the measures that can be taken to improve cybersecurity.
Threat Sketch also offers a risk assessment tailored specifically for small businesses. For a limited time, this risk assessment is being offered for free. Small business owners and executives interested in this offer can take advantage of it here.
About Threat Sketch -- Founded in February 2015, in Winston-Salem, NC, Threat Sketch provides tools that enable small business owners and executives to evaluate and manage cyber security at a strategic level. The executive team brings decades of IT, risk analysis, financial/economic and project management experience and expertise to provide tailored, strategic counsel to a wide variety of small business clients. To learn more call 844-487-4757, or visit www.threatsketch.com.
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