With SMBs Falling Behind, AZBS Strives to Raise Awareness About Network Security

Press Release

AZBS, Inc., a leading provider of IT Consulting for Businesses in Chicago since 1994, launched a new public awareness campaign focusing on network security. With determined digital attackers worldwide even more regularly targeting small and medium businesses, ensuring that a given company’s IT assets are protected has become a basic requirement. Through the new AZBS public awareness campaign, SMB leaders throughout Chicagoland will have the opportunity to learn more about what they can do to better secure their own organizations. Those interested can also sign up for a free, no-risk security assessment at www.azbs.com.

“With larger companies shoring up their defenses, cyber-criminals are even more regularly targeting small and medium businesses with their probes and attacks,” AZBS Service Coordinator Katie Keith said, “Last year saw a significant increase in SMB IT breaches, with many of these events resulting in expensive damage to the victims and their business relationships. We’re committed to making sure that companies of all sizes throughout the Chicago metropolitan area understand the importance of taking security seriously. Between our new public awareness campaign, our free security assessments, and our other services, we hope to make a real difference.”

The newest edition of PWC’s “Global State of Information Security” survey found that 2015 saw a nearly 40% increase in reported IT breaches compared to the year before. All told in 2015, according to the Identify Theft Resource Center, at least 169 million personal records were stolen through such attacks, with an average associated cost of $154 per individual piece of information, in IBM’s estimation.

Even while the volume of attacks and the associated stakes are rising so rapidly, though, many small and medium businesses remain unprepared. Networking equipment giant Cisco’s latest Annual Security Report included the unfortunate finding that only 29% of SMBs made appropriate use of industry-standard tools like automated patching of security issues and security-focused configuration assessment, a sharp decline from the level of 39% revealed the year before.

The new AZBS campaign will help address this issue by improving public awareness of these facts and others, as well as ways of ensuring that IT assets remain secure from the attacks of criminals. As a leading provider of Managed IT Services for Businesses in Chicago, AZBS always emphasizes security in a fundamental way, thereby adding another important layer of value to its offerings. With free security assessments available now to those who sign up at the company’s website, AZBS is committed to helping small and medium businesses throughout the Chicago metropolitan area address their security needs and other IT challenges.

About AZBS, Inc.:
Proving since 1994 that technology can make doing business simpler, AZBS, Inc., offers a full range of IT services and consulting to clients throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.