Small Businesses Underestimate Cyberthreats from Irresponsible Employee Actions
OREANDA-NEWS. December 06, 2016. The 2016 Kaspersky Lab Corporate IT Security Risks survey1, found that only 36 percent of small businesses (up to 50 employees) worldwide worry about their staff’s carelessness leading to a cyberattack, while more than half of medium-sized businesses (53 percent) and large enterprises (51 percent) consider it a concern.
According to the survey, in North America, small businesses (31 percent) are even less concerned about cyberthreats as the result of employee carelessness than the global average, while medium-size businesses (45 percent) and large corporations (50 percent) express their concern.
Uninformed or careless staff, whose inappropriate use of IT resources can put any organization’s cyber protection in jeopardy, regardless of the type or size of the business. These findings show that small businesses need to become more aware of these potential threats to the organization and implement protective security measures to avoid a cyberattack.
Worldwide, employee actions are among the top three security challenges that make companies of all sizes feel vulnerable. More than half (61 percent) of the businesses experiencing cybersecurity incidents globally admitted that careless and uninformed employee behavior has been a contributor.
“In small businesses without dedicated IT personnel, it is often the case that staff have to implement cybersecurity themselves - for example, by installing free antimalware solutions with limited functionality,” said Vladimir Zapolyansky, head of SMB marketing at Kaspersky Lab. “This poses major risks for a company because one employee’s carelessness can easily affect all data within the organization - leading to instant losses in time, clients’ data and money’. Businesses should implement solutions specifically designed for small and medium-sized businesses, with protection that any IT administrator, even with low IT skills, can easily maintain from everywhere.”
More information on how businesses perceive IT security challenges can be found in a recently published Kaspersky Lab report, “Business Perception of IT Security: In the Face of an Inevitable Compromise.”
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