Small businesses are leaving themselves wide open to security attacks with a worrying number failing to install any protection against web threats.
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According to research from AVG more than half of the UK SMEs surveyed had no security guidelines for their staff and one in seven had no software or appliances aimed at countering web threats.
AVG's SMB Landscape Report will make sobering reading for those concerned about protecting data but also spell out a sizeable opportunity for resellers targeting that end of the market because the majority of customers are aware there is a problem.
When quizzed 83% of SME's agreed that having the right level of security protection was critical and 77% admitted that a threat or attack would have a significant impact on their operations.
A quarter of those surveyed had suffered a breach because of the lack of protection and only 48% had a security policy in place for staff to abide by.
In a company blog post AVG concluded that not only would SMEs face losing important data but could miss out to competitors if they failed to protect themselves.
"As our research shows, small businesses have a fundamental understanding that internet security threats can be a hazard to their businesses, but we know that you are often time poor and lack the resources to adequately protect your business from cyber criminals who may try to steal valuable company information," it stated.