Small businesses need to be more prepared for a potential data security loss or breach, a survey suggests.
27 percent of small business owners have had an outside party test their
computer systems to ensure they are hacker-proof, according to the findings of Newtek
Business Services' Small Business Authority Market Sentiment Survey, a monthly
window into the concerns of independent business owners. Based on a poll
of approximately 1,200 respondents, one of the key findings from the September
survey was that 39 percent of business owners stated they do not have their
data backed up in more than one location.
survey also asked small business owners if they had ever been denied access to
business because of a hurricane, tornado or other natural disaster, to which 65
percent answered they hadn't, with 35 percent saying a natural disaster had
impacted their ability to do business. Sixty-one percent said they do back up
their data and business information in more than one location.
Small Business Authority Market Sentiment Survey focuses on issues of security
and risk reduction for small businesses," said Barry Sloane, the company's
president and CEO. "With recent breaches of security at Citi Bank, Sony and the
Pentagon, small business owners should be concerned and take precaution to
ensure their confidential business information is protected."
survey demonstrates that very few business owners have taken the necessary
precaution of having a professional data security firm perform a current
assessment of vulnerabilities on their commercial Website or database
applications, according to Sloane. "Sixty-five percent of business owners
surveyed seem unaffected by natural disasters, and 61 percent seem to think
their data is backed up in multiple locations," he said. "We believe that small
to medium-sized business owners need to review all aspects of their data
security and disaster recovery efforts."
the high number of small businesses that may be underprepared for a security
disaster, a recent survey by PwC found 43 percent of global companies think
they have an effective information security strategy in place and are
proactively executing their plans. Twenty-seven percent of respondents
identified themselves as "strategists," while the remaining identified
themselves as "tacticians" and "firefighters" (15 and 14 percent,
percent of the more than 9,600 security executives from 138 countries who took
part in the ninth annual survey report confidence in the effectiveness of their
organization's information security activities-however, confidence has declined
markedly since 2006. The findings of the survey have helped carve a new
definition of an information security leader.
though 43 percent see themselves as "front-runners," according to the survey
only 13 percent made the "leader" cut. Those identified as leaders have an
overall information security strategy in place, a CIO or executive equivalent
who reports to the "top of the house," measured and reviewed security policy
effectiveness, and an understanding of the security breaches facing the
organization in the past year.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.