Just four per cent of small businesses identify the risk to their operations from viruses or IT downtime.
New research released by the Department of Communications and the Arts' Stay Smart Online points to a low understanding of IT security risks among small businesses. Yet 88 per cent can at least identify online security as important.
Why the discrepancy? Small businesses don't have time.
AVG security advisor Michael McKinnon spoke to SmartCompany and said the stats are not surprising. "Whenever I speak to small businesses, I find they are all very concerned about security, but there are other things they have to worry about as well."
Many small businesses don't have the resources to have their own in-house IT support, constantly monitoring threats.
We work tirelessly to ensure our clients have the best IT security. But preventing malicious attacks takes a team effort. We frequently see cryptolocker attacks that cause unnecessary and costly downtime. Data is typically only recoverable with a backup. But it can all be easily prevented by not opening unknown links and attachments.
What you can do?
- Be aware of the latest threats by following this blog and subscribing to Stay Smart Online Alerts.
- Don't open email links & attachments you weren't expecting to receive.
- Have a long password.
- Ensure an adequate and functioning back-up is in place. A disaster recovery plan is recommended.
- Use two-factor authentication if possible.
Find more helpful tips here at Stay Smart Online.