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Majority of Business Owners Unaware of Their Website's Security

 

July 15 - Business Services -- The Small Business Authority -- has announced the findings of its SB Authority Market Sentiment Survey, a monthly window into the concerns of independent business owners. Based on a poll of over 2,100 respondents, one of the key findings from the survey is 56% of business owners do not have a fear of cyber-attacks and 40% of respondents have scanned their website for security vulnerabilities in the last 12 months. Of the remaining, 35% have not and 25% were not sure if they scanned for vulnerabilities in the last 12 months.

The full May 2013 results showed the following:

Poll Question

Poll Answer

 Percentage

Do you have a fear of
cyber-attacks?

Yes

44%

No

56%

 

Has your website been
scanned for security
vulnerabilities in the last 12 months?

Yes

40%

No

35%

Not Sure

25%

Barry Sloane, Chairman, President and CEO of The Small Business Authority commented, "Despite the fact that cyber-attacks and the threat of this activity have grown in recent years within the U.S. economy, a majority of our small business owners are still not afraid.  The concept of fear can be viewed in two ways: the actual fear of being attacked, or the mere recognition that attacks are possible. There is an air of complacency with business owners who think cyber-attacks will not happen or affect them.  Organizations or entrepreneurs that have experienced a cyber-attack run the risk of decimation and elimination.  The Small Business Authority, representing independent business owners across the United States, encourages our clientele and the business community to ensure their systems, software, hardware and confidential customer information are fully protected by being hosted in a level-four data center with the highest levels of firewalls and cyber-security."


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