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SMEs Should Prioritize Their IT Security

A large number of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) lack necessary defense mechanisms to safeguard them from phishers' assaults, revealed a new survey.

After questioning 250 SMEs, the survey determined that 62% of SMEs did not have any protective measure against phishing attacks and scams while 38% had no protection from spyware. Also 30% of companies said they had not deployed any anti-spam filter on their systems. Bcs reported this on April 25, 2007.

A huge proportion of 99% of businesses asked had no idea as to how frequently their anti-virus programs were updated. A similar percentage of respondents had no alert systems for possible failure of their update systems.

The point of concern is that SMEs don't seem to receive the message for adopting IT security, said Simon Heron, MD of Network Box. SCMagazine published this in news on April 25, 2007.

However, Heron commented that his company does admit that SMEs are constrained in resources and expertise compared to larger enterprises that are much better equipped to handle IT security. Ihotdesk published this in news on April 25, 2007.

But all said and done, finding resources should be one of the priorities. Any business whether large or small that works via the Internet must assign high priority to effective IT protection, Heron continued in news that Vnunet published on April 24, 2007.

The survey further said junk e-mails adversely affected working staff of SMEs. About 30% of SMEs severely lack anti-spam programs. About 48% of them have not deployed web filtering system implying employees are free to access all types of websites. That tells on productivity and increases company liability.

The survey results also show that a number of SMEs are exposed to attacks from any areas. So, the industry should keep encouraging SMEs to adopt the appropriate security measures. At the same time they need to understand the effects of an attack. That would raise their concern about maintaining the necessary protection.

A recent estimate by Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index revealed that most small business proprietors go online three times a week, while 57% use the Internet every day.

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