Caan expresses fears over SME security


Caan expresses fears over SME security

Simon Quicke

Symantec has been offering small business partners and customers the chance to quiz former Dragons Den star and entrepreneur James Caan to get advice from the multi-millionaire.

The security vendor hosted a Twitter debate this lunchtime providing access to Caan to all comers with an emphasis on raising awareness around the need for small firms to focus on reducing risk.

Caan said one of the risks he was worried about was securing mobile devices which recent surveys had indicated remained largely unprotected by SMEs.

he said that the consumerisation of IT, with staff bringing their own devices into work, was causing some concerns.

"Main concern is people, users in that they are unpredictable the technology and devices are just a means to an end. endpoint security does help though as you can't police people," he tweeted.

He also responded to a MicroScope question around credit in light of recent calls for more steps to be taken against late payers and agreed more could be done but resellers themselves could take steps to watch the cash.

"Cash flow is clearly key to any business for survival, anything government can do for businesses should be done," he tweeted.

But he added that, "there are a number of initiatives, but I've always thought as an entrepreneur I have to manage my customers as I don't want to become a bank."

"Keeping a tight grip on my cash flow , tracking key business drivers , managing my costs at a very detailed level," were other things he advised firms to do to avoid being caught out.

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