[ISN] Small firms learn size doesn't matter to hackers

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2011 04:09:40 -0500 (CDT)

By Cyndia Zwahlen
Los Angeles Times
May 23, 2011

It took all of three minutes for the hacker to break into the small 
accounting firm's computer system.

The virtual open window into the system turned out to be a computer 
equipped with outdated software. It provided access to the office 
network and the hacker was able to get files that included private 
financial information.

"That was a shock," said Lynne Leavitt, a partner at the four-person Los 
Angeles firm, Brakensiek Leavitt Pleger. "I thought we had good 
security. I thought we were safe."

Luckily, it was just a test. The hacker had been employed by a security 
company to test the accountants' digital defenses. As a result, the firm 
put in new software and adopted new security procedures.

Cyber security is not just for big businesses. "That's one of the myths 
we come across — 'I am too small,'" said Stan Stahl, head of a Los 
Angeles cyber-security company Citadel Information Group Inc. and 
president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Information Systems Security 
Assn., a trade group.


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