Small businesses unprepared against digital attacks

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More than 4 in 10 small and micro businesses have experienced digital crime, according to a survey by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

The survey of 1,000 business owners with less than 49 employees reveals that 42% have suffered online security issues.

Important figures:

  • 23% have had business computers infected by viruses
  • 22% have had personal or sensitive information stolen
  • 12% have suffered from card fraud.

Despite the risks posed by cyber threats, many businesses are not adequately protecting themselves:

  • 31% don’t update their antivirus software
  • 34% don’t have firewall protection
  • 14% don’t have any cyber protection.

Mark Farrar, chief executive of the AAT, said:

“Keeping online information secure is vital. A security breach could put you out of action and cost you money, which can be fatal for smaller businesses that have very little time and money to spare.”