More than Half of Small Businesses at “Huge Risk” of Security Breach
Report finds that 36% of UK small firms have no visitor security processes in place with premises vulnerable to break-ins
59% of UK small businesses are not taking their security seriously enough and are at huge risk of a security breach, according to new research.
A survey conducted by Digital ID found 23% of small and medium companies have very little visitor security and 36% have no visitor security processes at all.
When asked what security measures they did have in place, of the 59% most said they had locks or security lights at their offices, with nearly two-thirds admitting that these security devices were not in use during working hours.
Only 41% of the small firms surveyed had more complex security measures in place with ID cards and restrictive access gates being the most popular.
Despite one in five small businesses experiencing a security breach in the past year, the research suggested that small businesses are ignorant about the effects poor security practices can have on trade, staff morale and customer trust.
On the back of the research, small businesses are advised to set up effective cyber security, implement restrictions on access control, and to monitor staff ID and visitor ID cards.
Adam Bennett, digital marketing manager at Digital ID, said: “At the very least, small businesses should have cyber security in place, but construction sites or building firms for example, should make sure there’s a level of access control in areas where items or equipment could be stolen.
‘’It’s surprising how much we hear of this kind of security breach, with a lot of it happening in broad daylight. ‘’