Careless employee actions lead to cyber attacks in small businesses; report

The "IT Security Risks Report 2016" survey highlights small companies of up to 50 employees are less concerned compared to larger corporations.

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Careless employee actions lead to cyber attacks in small businesses; report Small and medium-sized businesses face the issue of managing a constantly evolving IT infrastructure, as well as the BYOD trend.
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  January 22, 2017

Kaspersky Lab has revealed that small businesses worry less about irresponsible employee actions which could put an organisation's cyber protection in jeopardy.

The "IT Security Risks Report 2016" survey highlights small companies of up to 50 employees are less concerned compared to larger corporations. Additionally, the report stated that employee actions are among the top three security challenges that make companies feel vulnerable.

Furthermore, small and medium-sized businesses face the issue of managing a constantly evolving IT infrastructure, as well as the BYOD trend. With UAE companies reporting an increase in smartphone and tablet adoption in the workplace, this new business reality is forcing management to pay more attention to IT security and dangerous employee activities.

Vladimir Zapolyansky, head of SMB Marketing, Kaspersky Lab, said: "In small businesses without dedicated IT personnel, it is often the case that staff have to implement cybersecurity themselves - for example, by installing free antimalware solutions with limited functionality.

"This poses major risks for a company because one employee's carelessness can easily affect all data within the organisation - leading to instant losses in time, clients' data and money'. Businesses should implement solutions specifically designed for small and medium-sized businesses, with protection that any IT administrator, even with low IT skills, can easily maintain from everywhere."

Kaspersky Lab has suggested that companies can protect themselves with security solutions, such as the Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business and the Kaspersky Small Office Security.

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