IT Security Still a Struggle for Small Businesses
An article review.
Small businesses continue to face obstacles in implementing information security.
A new survey was recently released showing some interesting trends involving IT security and small businesses. From the numbers, it appears that it is not only the shortage of manpower, funds, and time which prevents a serious investment in information security by smaller organizations. It is also the issue of convincing management of the importance of such security measures.
- The poll, by Sophos Ltd. And Ponemon Institute, included 2,000 employees working in IT security.
- 58% felt their managers didn’t foresee the risks posed by cyber attacks
- 44% haven’t made strong security a high priority
- 42% claim the budget won’t support strong security
- 33% said they don’t have the necessary expertise available to them to implement said security
- 32% named the CIO as final word on IT security while 31% claimed no one was in charge of that decision
On the question of whether or not the respondents’ organization had become a victim of a cyber-attack:
- 42% said yes,
- 26% said no, and
- 33% said they were unsure.
On whether or not their organization had lost sensitive information due to a breach:
- 51% said yes.
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Original article by Candice So.
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