In a warning from McAfee – now an Intel company - about the ever-present security threat to Aussie small businesses, the security firm’s SMB Manager Asia Pacific, Robbie Upcroft, says that with 75% of global cyber attacks in 2012 targeted at SMBs ”there is a real imperative to better understand how to keep business assets safe – from data to devices, email and web.”
And, just five months ago, in its May State of Cybersecurity in Australian SMBs report, McAfee warned that almost half of SMBs in Australia had experienced a targeted attack in the past 12 months (44.5 per cent) with one in five (21 per cent) of this number experiencing three or more attacks.
And, in a worrying sign, McAfee found that just under half (46 per cent) of Australian SMBs indicated they had experienced security breach or data loss “by deliberate sabotage from current or ex-employees in the last year.”
According to Upcroft Tuesday’s Webinar is aimed at “demystifying the cyber threats” that are impacting SMBs.
“This webinar provides a comprehensive, easy-to-manage security strategy for SMBs to defend their business from the high cost of data breaches and reputation damage," he says.
And, earlier this year, Upcroft told iTWire’s Ray Shaw that the security needs of SMB’s (25-250 employees) had been “under-serviced by antivirus/malware protection companies including McAfee” but that was about to change.
“The average small business, and I know as I have been there, can’t afford the solutions or the full-time system administrator and support functions. Something like 97% of Australia’s business is classified as SMB and McAfee decided to approach this market in a different way,” Upcroft told iTWire.
In that interview, Upcroft said that McAfee had looked at SMB specific needs and a comprehensive survey concluded that Australian SMBs are under constant attack from both external and internal threats. “Without proper security measures in place it seems data loss is not just likely, but inevitable,” he warned.
Upcroft will expand on issues surrounding cyber threats to SMBs, and ways for businesses to develop strategies to counter the threats, in Tuesday’s webinar.