Secure Your Data


Small businesses are progressively utilizing information technology in business processes, but aren’t doing it securely. In essence, they do not believe adversaries will target them when there several other big, profitable organizations to attack. As a result, they neglect important measures like computer security awareness training, which leaves their firm in the cross-hairs of cyber criminals.

In many ways, smaller firms have more at stake than larger businesses because an adverse event can be extremely costly to them. According to the US National Cyber Security Alliance, 60% of small businesses fail to sustain their operations within six months after a cyber security breach. The adversaries attack them to steal information like customers’ identities, bank records, and even intellectual property.

The common things that lead to data loss and security breach include employee reuse of credentials on multiple websites, download of malicious attachments sent via emails, social network use, loss of devices with confidential data, and inadvertently giving sensitive information over the phone. Increased focus on security awareness training, from the ground up, is needed to prevent such incidents.

60% of small businesses fail to sustain their operations within six months after a cyber security breach.”

Preparation Is Key

3-Step Disaster Planning

  • Plan

  • Educate

  • Protect


Small businesses face a challenging situation. Owners usually find they do not have enough finances to invest in robust security systems. Resources are limited, and the size of their IT department is not equivalent to that of bigger organizations. Fortunately, establishing a culture of security awareness lies within their reach.
Security awareness training is essential to small businesses for preventing a variety of non-technical and technical breaches. By ensuring personnel is well-schooled on managing security from bottom up, small companies can maintain the confidentiality of their most valuable assets.

Types of Attacks Businesses Experience

  • Web Based Attack
  • Phishing/Social Engineering
  • Malware
  • SQL Injections
  • Compromised or Stolen Devices
  • Denial of Service
  • Advance Malware
  • Cross Site Scripting
  • Ransomware

Root Cause of Data Breaches

  • Negligent Employee
  • Third Party Mistakes
  • Error in System
  • Don't Know
  • Outside Hackers
  • Malicious Insider
  • Other

Small Business Cyber Security Statistics

While many small businesses are concerned about cyber attacks (58 percent), more than half (51 percent) are not allocating any budget at all to risk mitigation.

Dangerous disconnect: one of the more popular responses as to small businesses they don’t allocate budget to risk mitigation was that they, “feel they don’t store any valuable data.” Yet a good number reported that they in fact DO store pieces of customer information that are of significant value to cyber criminals:

  • 68 percent store email addresses
  • 64 percent store phone numbers; and
  • 54 percent store billing addresses.

Small businesses reported that only:

  • 38 percent regularly upgrade software solutions;
  • 31 percent monitor business credit reports; and
  • 22 percent encrypt databases.
  • If a company has a password policy, 65 percent of respondents say they do not strictly enforce it.
  • 16 percent of respondents admitted that they had only reviewed their cybersecurity posture after they were hit by an attack.
  • 75 percent of small businesses have no cyber risk insurance.

Benefits of Security Awareness Training

Regulatory Compliance: Regulations like Sarbanes-Oxley and PCI know that humans are the weakest link in information security. Security awareness training ensures full compliance with such regulations.
Customer Trust: Consumers are getting skeptical about the companies’ promise regarding the safety of their data. They are overwhelmed by the frequent appearance of data breach headlines. Security awareness training motivates employees to do everything possible to protect customers’ PII (personally identifiable information).
Cost Reduction: Kaspersky Lab’s survey revealed that small businesses need to spend $38,000 on average to recover from a data breach, and the cost is even higher if the reputation damage and indirect costs are accounted for. Security awareness training ensures the company is prepared to prevent such instances; think of it as an investment that results in significant savings down the line.

It is clear that being proactive in making their staffers security aware is one of the best things small businesses can do to protect their assets and reputation.

Computer Security Awareness Training By Modax

What We Cover

Awareness Training:

Advanced Persistent Threat (APT)
Data Security & Data Destruction
Email, Phishing, & Messaging
Help Desk
Insider Threats
International Travel
Mobile Device Security
Physical Security
Senior Leadership
Working Remotely
Wi-Fi Security

Compliance Training:

Client Confidentiality in Law Offices
Criminal Justice
Data Retention
Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)
Federal Personally Identifiable Information (Federal PII)
Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) – Educational & Financial
Health Information Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
Personally Identifiable Information (PII) & Social Security Numbers
Red Flag Rule

Why Chose Modax?

We are experts in Security and our mission is to make Computer Awareness training, fast, easy, and painless. We’ve done all the hard work so you don’t have to. We hope you’ll give us a try and in return we promise exceptional training and compliance products at an affordable price.