How the Rise of Cybercrime Is Prompting Small Businesses to Fight Back with Automated Cloud Backup

Smaller businesses and organizations like your financial planner, advertising agency, or attorney may seem small in comparison to their large enterprise peers but are actually a big draw for online hackers. This is because they often don’t have the capabilities, like an in-house IT team, to prevent and quickly recover from an attack.

And the risks are significant. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reports six out of 10 small businesses hit by an attack like ransomware will go out of business within six months.

Because of this striking statistic, small businesses are increasingly turning to the kind of automated cloud backup we’re able to deliver with CrashPlan for Small Business.

In fact, CrashPlan for Small Business has seen a 57 percent year-over-year increase in new customers – growth spurred in part by a rash of malicious viruses and attacks hitting small businesses. For example, following the news of WannaCry, the daily average volume of customers who signed up for a free trial of CrashPlan for Small Business rose 98 percent – a record volume for new signups in a single day.

The risk of attack and impact on the business is simply too high a cost for small businesses – freelancers, home-based entrepreneurs and other growing organizations. That’s one of the reasons why we deliver the safety and security of knowing that your data is protected and can be quickly restored, but also why we deliver a product that is affordable, unlimited and flexible.

Small businesses are responding positively to the technology and support investments we’re making. We created a dedicated team, and recently expanded our weekday customer support for small business customers (now 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. CT). We’re also finalizing plans to roll out an improved user interface for CrashPlan for Small Business. As we continue to grow, we’ll invest even more.

At the beginning and end of every day, it is important to us that small businesses know that Code42 will be there in the key moments when they need help. That’s what’s important to us – putting customers first so they are protected and can be successful.

Learn more about CrashPlan for Small Business or start a free month-long trial and see what our customers have said about us.