A nationwide survey conducted by Big Red Cloud has found that 40% of SMEs in Ireland have fallen foul of one of the biggest threats facing business in the present day.
The survey sought to ascertain the views of business owner/ managers of 500 of Ireland’s SMEs, on issues pertaining to cyber security and data protection. "Data protection” was not seen to be a major issue for many firms with just 33% saying they were having difficulty dealing with it.
The 3rd Big Red Cloud Business Sentiment Survey revealed that of those SMEs that said they had been hit by a cyber security attack – a “virus” was the top form of threat - with 42% being hit by one of these in the past.
The experts at Big Red Cloud say that one of the more positive findings that emerged was the fact that 76% of SME respondents have cybersecurity measures in place.
Commenting on the findings, CEO of Big Red Cloud, Marc O Dwyer commented, "Cyber-attacks wouldn’t have been considered a widespread threat to business 10 years ago, but the advent of ICT and the greater integration of technology in businesses across all industries has meant that most businesses are now vulnerable to this threat and as a result need to take the necessary precautions to at least make it as difficult as possible for cyber criminals to target their firm."