AVG offering free SMB security audit
With SMBs becoming prime targets for cyber criminals, AVG announced a free Security Audit for small to medium businesses, which provides customised reports on their security needs. This survey tool for small business owners is intended to help them understand where they are today and recommend ways to protect themselves from malware attack and Internet crime. The Security Audit reviews how employees use the company's and their own equipment—from computers and laptops to smartphones and USB sticks—and what policies are in place for the use of business and private hardware, plus access to social networking and other Internet usage. According to AVG, the five 'doorways' through which cyber criminals are spreading malware and accessing company data are: Social networks; Instant messaging and spam chat; Insider threats from employees; Unsecured remote technologies used by staff; and USBs and smartphones. 2,000 SMBs were surveyed in the US and UK for the "AVG SMB Market Landscape Report 2010". More than half (52 per cent) had no IT security guidelines for their staff, while one in seven had no Internet security software or solutions in place at all.
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This article was published in the Australia Freelance Market-News 66.