Industry Survey Shows SMBs Lack Minimal Security
Source: eWeek - Posted by Pax Dickinson   
Security Sean Stenovich often sees his small and midsize business clients pick and choose their security solutions based on what they think they need and can afford. The result is a security plan that covers some areas but leaves many others exposed, said Stenovich, a principal at Dallas security solutions provider M&S Technologies.

"They're thinking [anti-virus] protection, anti-spam software; not intrusion protection, system backups," Stenovich said. "I feel their pain. I'm a small business owner too. They have to prioritize, and they end up with gaps in their protection."

A survey released last month by Quocirca, a United Kingdom-based research company, reveals just how common that dilemma is.

The Quocirca report, "Achieving Best Practice in IT Management for SMEs," which is based on a poll of 241 companies with 1,000 or fewer employees, shows that less than 25 percent of SMBs are fully protected against intrusions and security vulnerabilities; most respondents said they lack the time, money and resources to be fully prepared.

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