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    February-2013
 
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Small-Business Owners Fail To Perform Basic Cyber Security Procedures

A survey of 1,200 small-business owners found that only 27% have had their computer systems tested by an outside party to be sure they are hacker proof. 

Three of four had not tested their security measures.

The survey also found that 39% of the owners reported their computer data isn’t backed up in more than one location.

Newtek Business Services revealed these findings of its August 2011 SB Authority Market Sentiment Survey.

The “market-sentiment survey focuses on issues of security and risk reduction for small businesses,” said  Barry Sloane, president and CEO of The Small Business Authority.

With recent breaches of security at Citibank, Sony and the Pentagon, small-business owners should be concerned and take precautions to ensure their confidential business information is protected,” he said.

“Our survey demonstrates that very few business owners have taken a necessary precaution of having a professional data-security firm perform a current assessment of vulnerabilities on their commercial Web site or database applications,” Sloane added.

According to the survey, sixty-five percent of business owners surveyed seem unaffected by natural disasters, and 61% seem to think their data is backed up in multiple locations.”

Among the survey’s other findings: 35% of the respondents said they had been denied access to their business because of a snowstorm, hurricane, tornado or other natural disaster.

 Owner of small to medium-sized businesses “need to review all aspects of their data security and disaster recovery efforts,” Sloane said.


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