Overconfidence could doom SMBs when it comes to mobile security
Despite their belief that they are secure, small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) fall short when it comes to mobile security, a survey of more than 1,000 SMBs by security firm McAfee and Office Depot finds.
Two-thirds of SMBs are confident that their devices and data are secure, yet only 9 percent use endpoint and mobile device security and only 10 percent use data protection products.
A full 45 percent of SMBs do not secure company data on employees' personal devices, while fewer than half of SMBs use email security and about half use Internet security.
"A business that doesn't have any security measures in place is putting their data and customers' trust in jeopardy. As enterprises have increased their security defenses, hackers have started to target their attacks downstream to SMBs," says Bill Rielly, senior vice president of small and medium business at McAfee.
Three-quarters of SMBs said that they had never been attacked by a hacker, 72 percent of data breaches investigated in Verizon's 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report involved companies with fewer than 100 employees.
Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), who serves on the House Small Business Committee, comments on the survey: "Cyberattacks on small businesses rarely make headlines, so it is easy for these business owners to be lulled into a false sense of security, as indicated in this survey. It is especially important for small business owners to secure their systems, as they may not have the resources to survive a cyberattack, unlike a large corporation. I urge small business owners to dedicate the necessary resources to securing their data."
- see McAfee release