SMBs Are Sitting Ducks for Cyber-CrimeBy Lisa Vaas | Posted 2007-10-23 Email Print
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A Webroot report says SMBs are a big chunk of the economy, have minimal IT staffs and don't understand the dangers.How's this for a cyber-crime target: In most industrialized countries, SMBs make up 97 to 99 percent of all companies. Yet most of those small to midsize businesses have tiny IT groups, and most of those IT groups don't have security expertiseheck, they don't even have security policies to manage employees' personal use of work computers.
Those grim facts come from an Oct. 16 survey out of Webroot Software. For its latest quarterly State of Internet Security report, Webroot surveyed companies with five to 999 computers in six countries: Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
"SMB" is a fuzzy term. Each country has a slightly different definition of what constitutes a small or medium-size business. In some countries, an SMB has fewer than 1,000 employees, in some it's sub-500, and in others it's fewer than 100, according to Webroot. However, in general, companies with fewer than 1,000 employees form a large chunk of many countries' economy. In the United States, companies with fewer than 500 employees account for half of all private-sector workers, and SMBs produce half of the private, non-farm GDP (gross domestic product), the Boulder, Colo., company said. In the United Kingdom, SMBs account for almost 60 percent of all employment.