The message that SMEs need to be worried about securitybreaches appears to be getting through with a growing number of small firms showing concern their corporate and personal data could be stolen.
For a long time smaller companies had an ostrich like stanceto security arguing that it was a challenge for enterprises but not something toworry companies with much less money in the bank.
But cyber criminals are increasingly targeting individualsas well as SMEs to try and garner information that could be used to open bankaccounts, pilfer funds and widen the botnet network.
According to research cited by Trend Micro a fifth of SMEs arenow worried about cyber crime and a quarter of those quizzed had suffered from avirus in the last year.
One of the reasons that some smaller companies have resistedupgrading security is a misplaced belief that more protection results in lowerperformance.
“If smallbusinesses think increasing protection against threats means decreasingcomputer performance over time, they need to think again,” said Steve Quane,general manager of Trend Micro’s SMB business unit.