Ransomware a Top Small Business Concern
A Carbonite survey found a growing number of small businesses believe the federal government should play a more active role in making sure data is protected.Small businesses in the United States are increasingly worried about the $1 billion ransomware crisis, with 79 percent of small-business owners saying a presidential candidate's position on mitigating cyber-threats against their business will influence their vote in November. These were among the findings of a Carbonite survey of small-business owners (SBOs), which also found more than two-thirds of SBOs say that they do not think either of the presidential candidates understand the concerns of a small-business owner. Four in five said that regardless of who wins in November, they do not expect Washington to do anything to help their business. "With the rising number of U.S. small businesses—now more than 28 million—small-business owners have a substantial voice and will impact the upcoming election more than ever before," Norman Guadagno, chief evangelist at Carbonite, told eWEEK. "The presidential candidates need to be placing more of an emphasis on both the issue of national cyber-security and the protection of small businesses—which can be largely considered the backbone of the American economy."
As small businesses are creating an entirely new data-based economy—which has the potential to fuel our country for years to come—the disconnect between SBOs and Washington must be resolved to ensure the two groups operate seamlessly toward the common goal of nationwide economic growth, he said.