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Small firms Unaware of IT Security Threats

Small businesses are leaving themselves vulnerable to IT security risks because they are not aware of new cyber threats, IT firm Symantec has warned. A Symantec survey of more than 800 small firms revealed that while most SMEs are aware of common everyday threats such as IT viruses and spam, 67% were unfamiliar with ‘minnowing’ and 65% had not heard of ‘whaling’. Both threats are forms of ‘phishing’ that target either the bottom end of the organisation (‘minnowing’), or senior management (‘whaling’), for sensitive information that can then be re–sold. “Small businesses are aware of some of the threats posed in the modern computer era, but they rarely deploy the correct infrastructure to help them cope with new threats,... »