Cyber Security Not An Employer Concern –

With almost half of all small- and mid-sized businesses very dependent on the Internet for its day-to-day operations, proficiency in basic computer skills is essential for new hires, according to a recent study conducted by JZ Analytics for National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Symantec.

The National Small Business Study includes responses from an online survey of 1,015 small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs)—which have 250 employees or less—in the U.S.

According to the report—which examines cyber security behaviors and perceptions—53% of SMBs typically handle customer data, 35% handle financial records and reports, and 30% handle credit card information, but only 29% provide training to employees on how to keep their computers secure, and only 28% provide training to employees on how to safely use the Internet. This suggests employers would like employees to have knowledge of cyber security upon hire.

Forty-two percent of SMBs reported that cyber security was a cost of doing business and 21% reported it was a nice thing to have.

Additionally, 52% of SMBs are very satisfied with the amount of security they provide to protect customer or employee data and 46% strongly agree that they are doing enough/making enough investments to protect customer data.

In regard to safety concerns, 24% of SMBs responded that viruses were their biggest concern for their business, followed by spyware or malware at 14%. Still 48% think their company’s data is safer than it was 12 months ago.

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