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Five Ways That Small Businesses Risk Customer Data

Data breaches and cyberattacks have dominated the news over the past several months, embarrassing such big companies as Las Vegas Sands, whose casino in Bethlehem, Pa., was attacked, and Target, which suffered the biggest retail attack in U.S. history.

Hackers don’t just go after multinationals. Smaller companies are often prime targets for attackers looking to exploit vulnerable security systems, says Kevin B. McDonald, executive vice president of computer network management company Alvaka Networks. Entrepreneurs may also be snagged by hackers who cull through a wide swath of computer IP addresses looking for weaknesses.