#CyberFLASH: How to defend your data in a world full of high-tech crooks

1297516661469_ORIGINALIf you’re not creeped out by cyber-villains, you’d better get with the times. Especially if you own a business.

David Izzard, cyber security manager for the City of Surrey, knows the score.

“Sixty per cent of all small and medium businesses that experience a breach fail, and the vast majority are out of business in six months,” he warns. “You’ve gotta take cyber security seriously as a small or medium business.”

Last year, Izzard and his five-member team stopped 94,000 malicious web attacks on city hall in six months and well over 100,000 malware attempts in that same period.

“We also have some systems that you guys won’t have,” he told business owners at a recent community safety breakfast, sponsored by the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association.

“We call them advanced threat detection systems so this actually detects malware that hasn’t been seen anywhere in the world and it’s unique, targeting just the city. In the three months that we installed that system we were able to stop 113, I believe is the number.”

By October, city hall hopes to launch a website where residents and business owners can learn how to be more cyber secure, in keeping with October being Cyber Security Awareness Month.

“Hopefully it’s up and live by then,” Izzard says.

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