According to the research published by government small business website BusinessLinkhalf of small and medium-sized businesses expect an IT security breach in the next twelve months and one in five admits to already having suffered a security infringement.
BusinessLink found that more than a fifth of companies are not very confident in their understanding of IT security: 17 per cent don't have an IT security policy in place.
Small businesses see viruses as the main risk, followed by systems failure and inappropriate usage. Unauthorised access to business systems was also identified as a threat by 20 per cent of respondents.
Silicon reports that help small businesses improve their IT security, the BusinessLink website has produced an IT risk-assessment tool which can generate a breakdown of the risks to their business and offer practical advice.