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10/25/2007
03:45 PM
Keith Ferrell
Keith Ferrell
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Net Security Woes Grows

A new report that focuses on the security challenges facing small and midsized businesses shines a light on just how big those challenges are -- and which ones you may be overlooking.

A new report that focuses on the security challenges facing small and midsized businesses shines a light on just how big those challenges are -- and which ones you may be overlooking.The Webroot "State of Internet Security: Protecting the Small and Medium Business" report points out just how much clout you have -- 99 percent or so of all businesses are small or medium sized -- and how connected you are: 77 percent of the firms surveyed attributed their success to the Internet.

That much connected clout translates into increased targeting by cybercriminals.

And the report tellingly notes that because of the demands on your resources you may be applying the bulk of those resources to guarding against the wrong problem.

I.e., according to Webdroot's survey, you and your peers identify viruses and worms as the biggest threats you face. The reality: it's spyware that's on the rise. Strained resources or not, you have to guard against all threats, not just the ones foremost on your mind -- or in the headlines.

Likewise, even as employee data theft gets more attention as a growing problem, roughly half of you still have no policy regulating employee technology use.

Take a look at the report here.

Then take a look at your business and see how you stack up.

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