Research has found that many small businesses get a blast from the past when it comes to cyberattacks. These blasts from the past are known vulnerabilities and are between three to ten years old. SonicWall, a leading cybersecurity company, shared their research in a recent blog post. SonicWall has found their SMB customers top network attacks are five previously identified vulnerabilities. This shows that while we may have moved on to focus on the new threats, cybercriminals haven’t. While SMBs who utilize SonicWall were mostly able to prevent any issues, can your small business do the same? SonicWall’s research echoes that from a previous blog we wrote on a multinational joint advisory on old vulnerabilities.

Patching the holes

The action of applying updates for known vulnerabilities is called patching. You are essentially patching (performing updates) the holes on your boat (business network, devices, website, etc.). Just like a boat in open water can sink if there is a hole, a small business can fail if a successful cyberattack gets through.

The fab five

Below are the five vulnerabilities identified by SonicWall with their link to the National Vulnerability Database (NVB). The NVB is a NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) database that tracks known vulnerabilities.

Know your technology

One of the most important things you can do as a small business owner is to know the technology you deploy and leverage. Knowing your tech will help answer the question of, “do any of these vulnerabilities impact me?” If you are unsure, it is time to dive into the NVB links. This way you can avoid a blast from the past!

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