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SMB risk awareness needs improvement

November 22, 2013

The digital security landscape has always presented problems for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), but new research suggests this could be due to a lack of awareness of the potential dangers associated with breaches.

A new study of U.S. and U.K. SMBs by the Ponemon Institute on behalf of Faronics revealed that the proliferation of unstructured data, improper use of cloud services and unsecured access to mobile devices are among the top security concerns for organizations. Unfortunately, many decision-makers are not placing enough emphasis on document security initiatives.

"Although organizations have become more aware of potential threats, they do not seem to accurately perceive the repercussions associated with data breaches," said Dmitry Shesterin, vice president of product management at Faronics. "Findings indicate that organizations do not understand the full costs and damages they will suffer as a result of a data breach."

As cloud and mobile technologies continue to emerge, employees will inevitably access mission-critical resources outside the boundaries of traditional data centers. As a result, executives should deploy access control and other document protection tools to ensure authorized individuals view confidential assets in a secure manner, minimizing the chance of exposure.