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The need to take physical security seriously remains one of the key messages to users looking to allocate budget towards protecting data in 2012.
The temptation to focus resources on countering web threats has to be balanced with an awareness of the risks of being physically exposed according to reseller Barton Technology.
The IT support specialist has put together its list of security threats next year with both physical security and the threat of lost and stolen portable devices on the top ten.
On the physical front the danger is leaving the server in an exposed location without controlled access and the numerous recent headline grabbing stories of lost data on laptops has underlined the need for more encryption.
As well as server protection SME threats next year will, according to Barton Technology, include viruses, phising attacks and spyware.
Dominic Jones, managing director of Barton Technology said that it was crucial to give SME customers as much advice around security as possible.
"I believe that prevention is far better than cure when it comes to IT security. This is why our tips are aimed at educating SME managers and making them aware of the IT dangers their organization may be vulnerable to in advance," he said.
"It is important to be prepared for things like cyber attacks, phishing and data loss. The damage they can do could amount to millions, as we've seen in some very public cases in 2011," he added.