Viruses are the top security concern for an average of 63 per cent of small and mid-size businesses a survey of over 1,500 employees in the US and Europe, has revealed.
Other top concerns are malware designed to steal data (59 per cent), data leaks (56 per cent), spyware (55 per cent), and fake anti-virus software (52 per cent), according to the survey by security firm Trend Micro.
Data loss, either through internal data leaks or malware, is a serious issue for small businesses, said David Perry, global director of education at Trend Micro.
"It would not be surprising to see data-stealing malware and data leaks moving up to number one and two on this list in the next few years," he said.
But, despite the concerns, the survey found that small organisations are 23 per cent less likely than large companies to have preventative data leak policies in place.
For those businesses that have preventative data leak policies in place, employees in large companies are also significantly more likely to have received training on data leak prevention than those in small companies
Employees in large are also more aware of confidential business information than those in small companies, the survey found.
In the UK, 73 per cent of employees from large companies say they are aware of confidential information compared with 63 per cent from small companies.
The survey found that the most prevalent forms of IT protection against data stealing malware is installing security software, restricting Internet access and implementing security policies.
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