IT Security

SMEs Need to Wake Up to IT Security

Small firms need to be more aware of IT security risks, say experts Small businesses risk compromising their security through lack of awareness of IT threats, according to new research. A survey of over 1,300 small firms, by internet services company Eclipse Internet, found that over half were unaware of the threat posed by a Facebook-targeted computer worm. Over half (52%) of respondents thought that the virus, Koobface, was a social networking site, with a further 13% believing that it referred to a cartoon character from a kids’ TV show. Only 30 % recognised that the virus posed a threat. The virus spreads by sending messages to those who are ‘friends’ of a Facebook user whose computer has already been infected. The message directs the recipients to a third-party website, where they are... »