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Small Business Must Step Up Security Measures for Handheld Technology


Small Business Must Step Up Security Measures for Handheld TechnologySmall Business Must Step Up Security Measures for Handheld Technology

The majority of small business owners allow their employees to use their smart phones and tablets to work, but as we have pointed out in previous blogs, many don’t take actions to keep these devices safe from cyber threats. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by AT&T and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University of 623 small businesses, while 82% of respondents have taken steps to secure company laptops, only 32% are taking measures to protect smartphones and 39% to protect tablets. That’s significant considering the study shows that 90% of small businesses allow their employees to access work e-mail via mobile devices, and 41% allow employees to use these devices to access business files.

The study also shows that only 65% reported information and data security of wireless devices as a concern, versus 91% who are concerned about computer and online data security. Fewer than one-third (29%) have installed anti-virus software on smartphones. What’s more, the majority of small businesses are not taking steps to protect these mobile devices, as fewer than half (42%) have plans to increase security.

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 ·  Nearly one-third of businesses indicate that a major security breach has the potential to put them out of business entirely. (National Computer Security Association)

·  Spyware infections require two-and-a-half days to resolve and cost small businesses $8,000 a year, in addition to any lost revenue associated with the incident. (CompTIA)

·  While 92% of businesses back up data, less than one-third do so remotely either via Internet or by taking storage devices offsite. (2012 AT&T Small Business Tech Poll)

·  Seven in 10 small businesses go out of business within a year of a severe data loss. (Price Waterhouse Coopers)

“There is a troubling disconnect between business owners who want to keep data safe and the necessary steps to protect it,” said Ed Amoroso, Chief Security Officer, AT&T. “With more employees using mobile devices, especially personal devices, business data is increasingly vulnerable to cyber threats. Protecting critical information can be easy and affordable, and small businesses need to recognize the reality of today’s environment – this is a step they can’t afford to ignore.”

The survey also questioned small business owners on whether they had experienced a cyber or online security incident. Nearly four in 10 (37%) reported being the victim of a security breach, such as a virus, mobile malware or phishing, with 2% being victimized within the last two years.

Source: 2012 AT&T Small Business Tech Poll

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Blogged on: November 28, 2012 by Mike Smith
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