Volume 7, 2019: Issue 1

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Title:

The invisible hole of information on SMB's cybersecurity

Author(s):

Ruti Gafni, The Academic College of Tel Aviv Yaffo, Israel

Tal Pavel, The Academic College of Tel Aviv Yaffo, Israel

Abstract:

Small and Medium Businesses (SMB) use Internet and computer-based tools in their daily processes, sometimes without being aware to the cyber threats, or without knowing how to be prepared in case of a cyber-attack, although they are a major target for cyber-attacks. Specific information about cybersecurity needed by SMBs, in order to cope with cyber threats, is not always available or easily accessible. In this study, a vast search of different types of information about SMBs’ cybersecurity was performed, in order to find whether a hole of accessible information exists in this area. This exploratory research covered general mass communication media channels, technological and professional cybersecurity websites, and academic journals, and found that indeed very few studies, articles and news items were published in this matter. Leveraging knowledge and awareness, diminishing the shame for reporting cyber-attacks, and increasing mass communication media interest and public attention, may be activities to cover this “invisible hole”.

Keywords:

Small Medium Business (SMB), Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), cybersecurity, cyber information, cyber-attack

Type:

Research paper

Journal:

The Online Journal of Applied Knowledge Management (OJAKM), ISSN: 2325-4688

Publisher:

International Institute for Applied Knowledge Management (IIAKM)

Accepted:

7 May 2019

Accepting Editor:

Meir Russ

Pages:

14-26