If you’re a Jacksonville business owner, your success most likely depends on access to the Internet. While the Internet makes it easier to run your business and even advertise it, it makes you vulnerable to cyber attacks. Every day, businesses across the country, from mom-and-pop shops to Fortune 500 companies, fall victim to cyber criminals looking for easy prey. And with each passing year, it’s becoming a bigger threat, costing billions in damages. In fact, according to an Accenture study, there has been a 67% increase in cyber attacks in the past five years alone.

Without strong cyber security, you’re making your Jacksonville business a target. Hackers have many ways they can exploit weaknesses in your security systems, and once they gain access, they can create complete chaos in your business. Whether it’s stealing or destroying data or holding sensitive information for ransom, your business needs professional cyber security services that can provide the protection today’s climate demands.


Small businesses are becoming a bigger target for cyber criminals. According to a recent study, 65% of cyber attacks are aimed at small businesses. This concerning trend is due in large part to bigger businesses having more resources to implement adequate cyber security systems. But just because your Jacksonville business isn’t a Fortune 500 company doesn’t mean you don’t have a lot to lose. In actuality, cyber attacks often cause small businesses to go out of businesses within months of the attack.

Offering the best IT support, Workforce IT can remove any form of cyber attack and protect your small business from future ones. Below are just a few of the types of threats Workforce IT has the expertise to defend against.



Short for “malicious software,” malware attacks often go undetected before the damage has been done. These attacks have a wide range of effects, from annoying ones that slow down your network, to more serious attacks that can make it impossible for your Jacksonville business to function properly.


Ransomware is very serious stuff. If a hacker gets access to your data, they can infect your network and prevent you from having access to your data unless you meet their demands. They can also steal sensitive information that can damage your reputation or put your business at a competitive disadvantage if made public. 


Your business probably can’t function without email, and as a business owner, you receive a lot of them. This is why hackers frequently use emails as their trojan horse. They can send out millions of emails at once and indiscriminately target victims, or target individual businesses with what is known as “soft targeting.” Often they will send out fake emails from legitimate banks and business partners, even including links to fake landing pages in order to trick you into giving out your passwords, credit card information, social security number and more. They will also send out emails containing corrupt files that infect your computer or network with malware.


Viruses are a type of malware that can infect your business like a bad flu bug. Hackers usually hide viruses in programs or files, which can spread throughout your network once you or an employee runs the program or opens the file. Hackers are very clever with how they hide viruses, and will even send out corrupt resumes to business owners and hiring managers. 


Now that you know the importance of cyber security, you need the best Jacksonville IT services. If you’ve been hacked or want to shield yourself from future attacks, Workforce IT of Jacksonville has both the on-site and off-site expertise to give your business the protection it deserves. 904.638.8406.