Symantec: SMBs Change Security Approach with Growing Threats
A survey of small to midsize businesses from 28 different countries by Symantec found that companies are focusing more on information protection and backup and recovery. Driving these changes is a fear of losing data.Today's small to midsize businesses (SMBs) are facing a growing threat from cyber-attacks, and are changing their behavior to keep up. In a May poll of 2,152 executives and IT decision makers at companies with between 10 and 499 employees, Symantec found SMBs' computer support staff are now spending two-thirds of their time dealing with things related to information protection, such as computer security, backup and archival tasks, and disaster preparedness. Eighty-seven percent said they have a disaster preparedness plan, but just 23 percent rate it as "pretty good" or "excellent."
Driving the push for these plans, as well as the interest in backup and recovery, is the fear of losing data. Some 42 percent reported having lost confidential or proprietary information in the past, and all of those reported experiencing revenue loss or increased costs as a result. Almost two-thirds of the respondents said they lost devices such as smartphones, laptops or iPads in the past 12 months, and all the participants reported having devices that lacked password protection and could not be remotely wiped if lost or stolen.