U.S. Small Business owners are greatly underestimating their cyber security. As 77% of small businesses believe that their company is safe from hackers, viruses, malware, and other cyber threats but 83% of them do not have an actual cyber-security plan in place. These surveys came in as a part of Cyber Security awareness month. The survey also comes in after learning that cyber-attacks against small businesses have already doubled for this year. There is a need for IT/security management at these smaller businesses. Unfortunately, many of the smaller businesses don’t believe spending money on cyber security is necessary but for the rather small poorly protected companies an attack could be disastrous.
83% think they are doing enough to protect customers
70% do not have a policy for social media use
71% say their business is dependent on internet for day to day operations
66% have the business owner “operating” cyber security for their company
While only 9% have an actual IT employee