Small businesses face rising cyber threats, pleas to report attacks

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Protecting critical infrastructure from cyberattacks has become a growing national concern, but small businesses remain vulnerable and attractive to hackers.

Why it matters: Small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) face a rising number of threats — and many keep attacks under wraps.

What they’re saying: “Small-business breaches are somewhat the neglected and underreported arena,” Sohail Iqbal, chief information security officer for Veracode, tells Axios. “Financially motivated adversaries find SMBs a soft target due to the insufficient security controls and shortage of skilled resources at their disposal.”

“SMBs do not report breaches very often, and they are not the ones making headlines on a national level,” Iqbal says.”The large businesses continue to invest in their cybersecurity and enhance their cybersecurity posture,” FBI supervisory special agent Michael Sohn said…

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