2016 was the year hacking went mainstream. Executives, consumers, and both presidential campaigns were ravaged by ransomware, malware, phishing attacks, and data leaks. “Almost one in five small business owners say their company has had a loss of data in the past year,” said Norman Guadagno, chief evangelist at Carbonite. He and other cyber-defense experts anticipate the number of cyberattacks will grow in 2017.

Because they lack the resources of enterprise companies, small business owners are particularly hurt by cyberattacks, Guadagno said. “According to our recent data 63 percent of small business owners view data as their new currency,” Guadango explained, adding that “a single data hack could have associated costs ranging from $82,200 to $256,000.”

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Anticipating and preparing for emerging cybersecurity trends is key to protecting consumers and companies. In 2016 “the three primary cybersecurity concerns for [businesses] were external and internal threats, computer viruses such as ransomware, and foreign cyberattacks.” If the past year is an example, 2017 should be rife with a bevy of attacks.

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