19 July 2011 16:07:37
Small companies are apparently having trouble ensuring their sensitive information remains uncompromised, as a recent study from Carbonite revealed that nearly half have experienced data loss.
In a survey of 125 small businesses in the United States, 48 percent indicated they have suffered some of data loss. The majority of incidents extend from equipment failure and accidental deletion, but the study also found that many companies are hit with computer viruses and data theft.
This is a slight increase from the 42 percent of small businesses that answered similarly in December 2010. However, it does highlight the growing importance of protecting corporate data from mishaps and intruders.
To counter some of these data loss threats, experts recommend that small businesses implement robust data security measures, such as antivirus software and encryption, for data stored in the cloud or on in-house devices.
The cloud, in particular, has received a great deal of attention as a data protection tool in recent years, as it allows companies to store data in a remote location that is safe from natural disasters and has fewer access points for cyber criminals. According to a recent report from the Storage Networking Industry Association report, nearly 75 percent of surveyed businesses are considering deploying a cloud-based storage solution.
-McAfee Cloud Security