American Firms Just as Laissez-Faire on Security as European Counterparts

Ann All

Just after we blogged about a recent Websense survey of European SMBs concerning their approach to security, we found a CNNMoney report detailing the results of a similar survey of American SMBs. Like their European peers, U.S. SMBs seem to be relatively laissez-faire in addressing certain security threats.

 

Like the Europeans, U.S. firms see careless employee behavior as a key area for concern -- yet they do not use software to block problematic practices such as peer-to-peer programs (81 percent), USB devices (80 percent), instant messaging (76 percent) and spyware that transmits data to outside sources (47 percent).

 

Another key issue identified in the survey is SMBs' relatively light usage of the security updates offered by operating system and anti-virus vendors. (Microsoft, in particular, is known for its frequent security updates on Patch Tuesdays.) Websense found that SMB PCs are left vulnerable to security threats for more than 21 days, on average.

 

Just 4 percent of SMB employees say they have daily security updates on their PCs, while an alarming 11 percent say the security software on their machines has never been updated.



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