Industry Survey Shows SMBs Lack Minimal Security
The result is a security plan that covers some areas but leaves many others exposed, said Stenovich, a principal at Dallas security solutions provider M&S Technologies.
"Theyre thinking [anti-virus] protection, anti-spam software; not intrusion protection, system backups," Stenovich said. "I feel their pain. Im a small business owner too. They have to prioritize, and they end up with gaps in their protection."
A survey released last month by Quocirca, a United Kingdom-based research company, reveals just how common that dilemma is.
The Quocirca report, "Achieving Best Practice in IT Management for SMEs," which is based on a poll of 241 companies with 1,000 or fewer employees, shows that less than 25 percent of SMBs are fully protected against intrusions and security vulnerabilities; most respondents said they lack the time, money and resources to be fully prepared.
Some highlights of the report include:
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