The perceived threat of Viruses and Trojans top the list of U.S. Small business fears. For small businesses, data leakage is very low and so they are not really worried about phishing attacks according to a survey from Trend Micro.
About 1,600 small and large business end users were being surveyed in countries like Japan, UK, U.S and Germany by Trend Micro. In the survey, 69 percent of the respondents rate viruses as a major threat. Trojans are also rated high in terms of percentage – 64 to 69 percent. Data-stealing is of more concern to large businesses – 68 percent rating it as a major threat. Infact, there is divergence when it comes to data leakage. While 74 percent of large businesses rank it as serious danger only 49 percent of small businesses see it as a major threat.
Small businesses functioning in a SOHO model have less concern about data leakage . But in case of such businesses in the U.S having about 500 employees would certainly seek confidentiality when it comes to customer credit-card information, client lists, competitive data and other trade secrets.
During the survey, it also got revealed that just 44 percent of the U.S. small businesses reported that they maintained a policy for data leakage in comparison to 61 percent of large business end users. This means that there can be serious breach of privacy regulations when it comes to leakage of data.
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