Many of us have concerns about the use of technology, its security and the effects of breaches on business. But are our fears well founded or are we paranoid?
Avast asked small business owners and employees about their current concerns on a number of topics: from hacking and ransomware to mobile security and artificial intelligence. We then researched facts, stats and quotes related to each topic to see whether people’s concerns were corroborated by real world events, or whether we’re needlessly anxious...
This countdown shows the concerns of SMBs from most to least worried.
Are you concerned about viruses (malware, spyware, ransomware etc.)? 96% are
One in 131 emails contained malware in 2016, the highest rate in five years
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Are you concerned about mobile device security? 91% are
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report to Congress recommends security improvements within the mobile device ecosystem as threats are growing. The report also said that government mobile devices may become a way of attacking back-end computer systems
40% of Australians have been victim to a mobile security breach and 25% have had one lost or stolen. 67% could be doing more to protect themselves.
64% are doubtful that their organization can prevent a mobile cyberattack
Only 37 percent made a conscious appraisal for their company and decided there was not enough risk to warrant the investment
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Are you concerned about corporate data security and data theft? 89% are
29% of businesses said data loss and leakage risks are the biggest barriers holding back adoption of cloud computing
65% of businesses said their main concerns related to BYOD was data leakage and loss
10% of businesses said unauthorised access to corporate data and systems had negatively impacted them in the last 12 months
12% of businesses said data loss or leakage had negatively impacted them in the last 12 months
Fortune 1000 companies were breached nearly twice as often as their peers
At least 1 in 20 Fortune 1000 companies has experienced a publicly disclosed breach
Bedep, a botnet that results in actual machine compromise, went from infecting 1 in 20 Fortune 1000 companies in Dec 2016, to 1 in 5 by March 2017
Of 290 control system cyber incidents recorded by The Department of Homeland Security in 2016, 134 were “advanced persistent threats”, or nation-states. Other threats included competitors, company insiders and hacktivist groups