Despite having anti-virus and anti-spam software as well as a firewall installed, four in 10 small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in the U.S. do not believe their networks are secure, according to a new survey.

 

In a poll of 455 IT executives for U.S. SMBs, 42 percent said their networks were not secure, even though 96 percent and 93 percent of respondents respectively said they had anti-virus and a firewall installed. Another 80 percent said they also used spam filtering..

 

Email viruses are the greatest risk to network security according to 39 percent of respondents, followed by internet downloads (22 percent) and hacker attempts (10 percent).. Only 7 percent considered insider attacks and the threat of portable storage devices, such as USB sticks, CDs, floppies, smartphones, MP3 players, handhelds, iPods, digital cameras, to be the greatest risk.

 

The survey was conducted by eMediaUSA on behalf of GFI Software and can be found here.

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