Symantec: SMBs Focusing on Data Security

By Kara Reeder | Jun 24, 2010 | Print this Page
According to a survey by Symantec, most SMBs are now making data security their top IT priority, compared to just 15 months ago when more than 33 percent didn't even have basic antivirus software applications installed.

Small Business Computing.com quotes Bernard Laroche, Symantec's senior director of product marketing, as saying:

Small and mid-sized organizations are facing increased risks to their confidential information -- including bank account numbers, credit card information and customer and employee records. It is exciting to see that SMBs acknowledge the risks they face and are taking action to protect their information more completely.

The survey found that missing or stolen devices cause a disproportionate amount of damage to SMB networks, with more than two-thirds of respondents saying they had lost an iPad or a smartphone in the past year. All SMBs reported that they had some devices that were not password-protected and could not be remotely wiped of data if it were misplaced.