That’s because if you fall victim to a cyberattack, you might be out of business altogether. A cyberattack on a small business can be crippling. Research shows that 60% of small businesses that are victims of cyberattacks go out of business within six months. 

One specific type of cyberattack businesses need to be aware of is malware. Malware is an umbrella term that describes any malicious program or code that is harmful to a company’s systems, said Akshay Bhargava, senior vice president of products for Malwarebytes.

Akshay Bhargava

“Malware seeks to invade, damage, or disable computers, computer systems, networks, tablets, and mobile devices, often by taking partial control over a device’s operations,” Bhargava said. “Like the human flu, it interferes with normal functioning.” 

We recently spoke with Bhargava about malware, how it can impact small businesses and how artificial intelligence and machine learning are making it harder than ever to detect and combat this growing threat. [Are you in the market for internet security software for your company? Check out our best picks and reviews.]

The rising threat of malware for SMBs Q: How does malware affect small businesses?

A: Small businesses are especially vulnerable to threats since they often don’t

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