Putting Cyber Threats on To-Do Lists at Small Firms

A director of malware research at Dell SecureWorks monitors multiple computer screens in his office in Myrtle Beach, S.C., hunting for Internet spies Photograph by Stephen Morton/Bloomberg

How freaked out should small businesses be about cybercrime? Plenty, according to a flurry of recent warnings from government officials, insurers, and investors, as well as your more traditional alarmists like computer security firms. “Technically speaking, all hell has broken loose,” Bessemer Venture Partners’ David Cowan said yesterday, describing the state of computer hacking during an interview with Bloomberg Television.

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