In August 2016, Symantec sampled 525 NZ business owners and operators about their perception of cyber security issues; all the businesses employed less than 20 people, and some of the discoveries show that we are woefully behind the eight ball.
Most companies are using some sort of Windows device, half of them using Windows 10 as their main operating system. Only 1 in 5 laptops and mobile devices don’t have some form of logon security, and just a quarter of staff have access to financial data outside their work computer.
The biggest threats – email/phishing scams (70%) and hacking attempts (47%). Interestingly, the threats where staff are consciously being devious are small – 2% internal threats, and a tiny 1% of employees posting stuff they shouldn’t on social media.
As Kiwis, we value our time – the biggest impact from cyber-attacks was down-time and inconvenience.
The two figures that scared me the most were that 70% don’t know if they have any sort of internet security running, and only 57% of businesses are doing automatic or daily backups. Crazy that 4% of responses are doing backups annually (seriously, why bother?) or none.
So how to mitigate the risks? Symantec have five tips:
More info here.
My thanks to Symantec and Mark Gorrie, the Director of the Norton Business Unit for Symantec, Pacific, for hosting me at lunch yesterday.
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