This week Symantec releases an online tool to help small businesses to benchmark their security, data protection and storage profiles against their peers.
The "Symantec Small Business Check-up" enables small businesses to measure themselves against survey results from 700 other small businesses across the world.
The tool is also intended to help small businesses to identify risk and find out how to protect themselves from it, as well as pinpointin how to cut costs in IT.
Symantec's new tool has already found that smaller companies share several serious vulnerabilities.
More than a third of small businesses have little or no ability to track and audit the way information is created, modified, deleted, accessed and moved, while 40 per cent of small businesses have not tested the effectiveness of their back-up and recovery arrangements to make sure they could get their data back in a timely manner following a failure.
Glenn Woolaghan, senior director for small business, EMEA said, "We believe that almost every small business can save significant amounts of money and energy by simply taking a fresh look at the way they approach information protection."
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