Cyber security expertise now available to small businesses in Reno (sponsored)

Sierra Cybersecurity LogoSponsored: 40 percent of cyber attacks are against small businesses and 60 percent of small business close within 6 months of an attack; cyber security can help

SUBMITTED NEWS — Cybercrime is on the rise and small to medium-sized businesses that are less likely to have appropriate cyber security defenses in place have become the new favorite target of cybercriminals.

“It’s a very disturbing trend,” Robert Markin of Sierra Cybersecurity said. “As large corporations devote considerable resources to cybersecurity, criminals are simply targeting smaller businesses which don’t have those same resources available to them.”

Thirty-one percent of attacks are against businesses with less than 250 employees, according to a recent report by information security company Symantec, a 300 percent increase from 2011. Alarmingly, cybercriminals are targeting small businesses for their customer data, intellectual property and bank account information.

Many security vulnerabilities require a specialist to be on-site to mitigate, a service that has previously been unavailable locally. To fill that void, a number of local professionals with years of experience protecting wired/wireless networks and establishing safe operation procedures have formed Sierra  Cybersecurity.

“Sierra Cybersecurity is unique in this region because we offer personalized, on-site services geared towards small and medium-sized business,” Markin said. Sierra Cybersecurity’s range of services include vulnerability analysis, data storage security, website penetration testing, system audits and assessment, security strategies, policy development and staff training.

For more information on cyber threats to local business and how Sierra Cybersecurity can help, please contact Robert Markin by calling 775-342-8760, emailing [email protected] or going to www.sierracybersecurity.com.

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