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25 percent of small businesses vulnerable to cyber attacks

Filed under: Cyber Security — Stephanie on November 23, 2011

Nearly 25 percent of SMEs in the UK are open to IT security attacks according to a recent report published.

Business of owners of small businesses were surveyed and 92 percent confirmed that they believed IT security was vital to the business however one quarter of these companies have no It security processes in place. 1,000 SMEs across the UK were polled by research specialists OnePoll for KC Shows, an Information Security company.

The likelihood of a cyber attack is higher for those firms that fail to invest in It security software for mobile devices. This is despite statistics showing that in excess of one third of businesses have mobile phones connected to the company network. The findings of the survey show that a high percentage of small to medium sized businesses are leaving themselves wide open to this form of attack which can have catastrophic effects. Cyber attacks can cause vital company data to be lost, lead to system failure and disruption of production and in extreme cases loss of money and confidential financial information.

An IT security specialist for KC, Tracey Hannan commented:

“The internet is vital to the operations of most businesses these days. But by not taking adequate security precautions, small businesses are playing Russian Roulette every time they go online, open an email or connect a mobile phone to their computer to download music.”

Installing IT Security software is only one part of the equation. Companies need qualified personnel to manage this area of IT. Information risk jobs are on the increase and anyone looking out for business continuity vacancies can increase their chances by ensuring they have the appropriate accreditations.

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