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SMBs in the dark about cyberattack risk

While the majority of SMBs are aware of internet threats, they don’t believe they’ll be the target of cyber attacks, new research has found.

The 2011 Symantec SMB Threat Awareness Poll indicates SMBs are not implementing proper safeguards to protect their information.

Symantec Vice-president David Dzienciol believes too many SMBs don’t recognise they are at risk from internet threats.

“Cybercriminals don’t choose their targets based on the size of the business. They are seeking confidential information for financial gain and SMBs are increasingly appealing targets when their guard is down.”

The survey demonstrated there is an assumption large enterprises are more at risk of cyberattacks than SMBs.

However research shows that since 2010 40 percent of cyberattacks have been directed at SMBs, compared to only 28 percent of attacks being directed at large companies.

Dzienciol said the results indicate a targeted attack would affect most SMBs and action needs to be taken to prevent attacks.

“It is more important than ever for SMBs to take the necessary steps to keep their information safe.”

“Simple initiatives such as education and adopting best practice processes and technologies can significantly strengthen their cyber security measures,” he added.

Symantec has the following recommendations to prevent cyberattacks:

1. Educate employees: Develop Internet security guidelines and educate employees about Internet safety, security and the latest threats.

2. Assess your security status:
It’s important to understand your risks and security gaps so that you can take steps to protect your information.

3. Take action: Be proactive and develop a security plan. Consider items such as password policies, endpoint protection, the security of email and Web assets, and encryption.

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Shauna O'Carroll

Shauna O'Carroll

Shauna is a second year Journalism and International Studies student at the University of Technology in Sydney. She has interned at various online and print publications and is now happily interning at Dynamic Business.

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