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Study Reveals Small Businesses Lack Security Policies

Created: 30 Oct 2009 • 4 comments
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Study Reveals Small Businesses Lack Security Policies
The security threats to small businesses are increasing in complexity, number and frequency, and the volume of information they must protect and maintain continues to expand.  A surprisingly high number of Small businesses have yet to take even the most basic steps towards protecting their businesses, such as implementing antivirus or backing up their data. 
As part of Cyber Security Awareness Month, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Symantec partnered to conduct a survey on the cyber security awareness practices and habits of roughly 1,500 small businesses in the United States. The results showed that while 65 percent of those surveyed believe that Internet security is critical to their business, only 28 percent have formal Internet security policies.
We recommend small businesses take the following steps to enact basic safeguards and protect vital business information:
·         Educate employees with a security awareness program
·         Install an integrated security suite solution
·         Create and enforce policies that identify and restrict applications
·         Backup systems daily
·         Keep antivirus software up-to-date
Following these tips can help eliminate risks and reduce vulnerability to attack. Creating a security aware environment can help small businesses protect critical information from this increasingly sophisticated threat landscape we face today. 

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Nel Ramos's picture

I truly agree on this comment...
Even how costly and multi-featured our AV/AS is if the policy would just be the basics then we would have a big problem...
Orienting the end user is good but we also have to let them be accountable and responsible...
Securing the network via an effective AV/AS multi-featured apps, oriented users and a set of non-breaking policies would be benificial...

Nel Ramos

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Henry Griffith's picture

Truer words have not been spoken in a long time. If we are lax in our security then we are vulnerable to hackers that can simply destroy our businesses. These steps are a great start. casino en ligne

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Jenny Laplane's picture

I must agree with you Henry. Its even more true noadays with the PEN tools, which help to make simulation of penetration, available for a wide public. Thank you Symantec for the information.simulation

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sbertram's picture

i work at a small business and we have very easy security piloces here.  Most of it is politco so we do not make people mad.  Makes keeping the network safe a hard job

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