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BizReport : Internet : August 30, 2010


13% of U.S. SMBs fail to protect systems, data

SMBs aren't doing enough to protect their data from attacks by hackers and malware, according to recent findings from Panda Security's second annual International Barometer of Security report, despite Internet users' fears.

by Helen Leggatt

Almost half of the 10,000 or so SMBs questioned by Panda Security admitted to not using the latest and most effective security software to protect their systems and data.

Incredibly, nearly a third (31%) of respondents are operating with no anti-spam solution, 23% with no anti-spyware and 15% with no firewall.

"Many SMBs simply don't have the resources in terms of budget, time and human capital to devote to protecting their computers and sensitive data," said Sean-Paul Correll, a threat researcher at PandaLabs.

That may well be so but, according to their International Barometer of Security report (.pdf), half of the 13% of U.S. SMBs with no protection at all haven't bothered because they viewed it as unimportant or unnecessary.

Even if SMBs aren't concerned about security measures - consumers are. Around a third of Internet users recently surveyed by security start-up Kindsight said their biggest fear was having their bank account, credit card or other personal information stolen from their computers.






Tags: online security, security software, SMB








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