Unaware of the IT security risks that they may be placing their companies in employers and employees seem to be indulging in online peer-to-peer file sharing without much thought. While the internet has made life much easier for all of us, especially in terms of communication it has also made businesses vulnerable to hackers and viruses.
Surprisingly a large percentage of small business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer businesses, believe that they are secure and unaffected by IT risks. In research by Websense it was reported that an increasing number of small businesses were accessing unsafe websites and applications and were completely unaware of the security risks involved.
The SMB State of Security (SOS) found that all the firms that participated in the survey felt that they were completely protected from security threats, while 98% of IT managers concluded that their technology and processes were adequate.
One fourth of the respondents felt that peer-to-peer file sharing was essential, while 17% of the free software download websites were potentially unsafe.
In a world where information is everything it is surprising that these businesses are putting personal and business information at risk. Companies need to put in place business infrastructure that would make it easy for employees to share files and communicate and an online office is an excellent step in this direction at the same time the provider of this online infrastructure should also provide all necessary security arrangements, leaving the business owner just to worry about the local workstations.
For me on-demand software has always been about extra IT security for clients – we are asking for business start-ups to be accountants, lawyers, marketing gurus – and now also IT and security experts? What next(?) absolutely ludicrous!