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2017 State of Cybersecurity in Small & Medium-Sized Businesses (SMB)

vendredi 22 septembre 2017

Part 1. Introduction

Cyber attacks, ransomware and disruptive technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), challenge the ability of small businesses to safeguard their information assets. In fact, only 21 percent of the companies represented in this study rate their ability to mitigate cyber risks, vulnerabilities and attacks as highly effective. Moreover, more than half (51 percent) have experienced either a successful or unsuccessful ransomware attack.

Ponemon Institute is pleased to present the results of the second annual study on the State of Cybersecurity in Small and Medium- Sized Businesses sponsored by Keeper Security. The goal of the study is to track how smaller companies are addressing the same threats larger companies face. Approximately 600 individuals in companies with a headcount from less than 100 to 1,000 participated in this research.

As shown in Figure 1, 61 percent of these respondents say their companies have experienced a cyber attack in the past 12 months, and 54 percent report they had data breaches involving customer and employee information in the past 12 months. In the aftermath of these incidents, these companies spent an average of $1,027,053 because of damage or theft of IT assets. In addition, disruption to normal operations cost an average of $1,207,965.

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