According to a new report from government security initiative Cyber Streetwise, a large amount of small organisations don’t think they are at risk online and consequently have lax or insufficient online security.
Overall, 66% of small organisations said that they didn’t believe they were vulnerable, and only 16% said that improving their cyber security was a top priority for 2015.
The reasons for not investing in online security ranged from it being too expensive (24%) to “not knowing where to start” (22%).
Culture and digital economy minister Ed Vaizey said: “Businesses can do more to understand and respond to cyber threats. There are some simple steps firms can take to protect themselves, their cash flow and their data. Small and medium-sized firms are a key part of our long-term economic plan to back business, create jobs and secure a brighter future for Britain.”
John Allan, national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “We know from our own research that in the future small businesses expect to become much more dependent on web based tools. We also know that, as firms’ reliance on tools like cloud computing increases, they also become more aware of the threats these services can pose. We need to give these businesses the knowledge and tools they require to prevent this from happening, and so help the continued take-up of these productivity-enhancing technologies.”
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