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BizReport : Internet : November 09, 2015

Study: SMBs believe work computers need encryption

Small businesses are worried about their security. This is not a new happening, but the depth to which SMBs are worried about their business security is. According to one new study 90% of SMBs surveyed believe their work computers need encryption while most (61%) believe smartphones need encryption and just about half (55%) believe tablets need encryption.

by Kristina Knight

According to the Alertsec SMB 2015 Encryption Study encryption is becoming seen as a 'necessary tool' for small businesses. Researchers found that half of SMBs surveyed believe their computers should have everything encrypted - including free space and the operating system.

Some interesting takeaways from the study include:

• 68% of executives believe auto-saved passwords are not secure
• 48% of executives believe never logging out of user profiles decreases security
• 45% believe 4-6 number digital passcodes are ineffective
• 23% of executives believe lock down (when functionality of the system is restricted) is not secure
• 16% believe that lock ups (when multiple password attempts failed, causing restrictions) are also insecure

"The real problem is the false sense of security these 'security precautions' create," said Ebba Blitz, President of Alertsec. "Computer manufacturers and software vendors offer a variety of built-in solutions that seem to protect you, but they are no match for the run-of-the-mill cybercriminal. That's why encryption is so important. Losing data could cause a problem of catastrophic proportions for any individual and any company."

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Tags: Alertsec, internet security concerns, security concerns, SMB encryption, SMB security

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