Exclusive Interview With Dan Olson, CEO Of UpCity

In this interview, we spoke with Dan Olson, CEO of UpCity a small business intelligence firm that has matched over 2 million businesses to providers they can trust since its inception in 2009.

According to the FBI, cyberattacks spiked 400% during the year 2020. This should be no surprise given that 47% of individuals fall for phishing scams while working from home.

As businesses begin the return-to-work process, remote and hybrid work models remain prevalent, as do BYOD (bring your own device) policies, so UpCity wanted to understand how prepared businesses are for cyberattacks in 2022.

To do so, UpCity surveyed 600 business owners and IT professionals on their 2022 cybersecurity plans, priorities and budgets.

Findings include:

Only 50% of U.S. businesses have a cybersecurity plan in placeOf those, 32% haven’t changed their cybersecurity plan since the pandemic forced remote and hybrid operationsThe most common causes of cyber attacks are malware (22%) and phishing (20%)Cybercrime costs U.S. businesses more than $6.9 billion in 2021, and only 43% of businesses feel financially prepared to face a cyber attack in 2022

So, we spoke with Dan about why cybersecurity must be integral to risk mitigation strategies.

Here Are Dan Olson’s Responses To Our Questions:1. How much importance is cybersecurity given in the US compared to other countries?

Dan Olson:

For how economically developed and innovative our country is, it’s ironic that we fall behind when it comes to cybersecurity.

In the latest data from Comparitech, the U.S. ranked 44 out of 75 countries in terms of cybersecurity safety. That may come as a

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