SHENZHEN, CHINA, 28 SEPTEMBER 2010- A free tool from Symantec is set to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) deal with internal and external information threats such as natural disasters, data deletion, or hacker or virus attacks.
Through threat-incident simulation, the Symantec Business Threat Simulator can help SMBs determine their security risks, discover the business implications of such risks, and then offer recommendations to help them make better information-management decisions to improve their information status.
According to the Symantec SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey, Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ), information security threats can significantly impact businesses. In APJ, the average SMB experienced three service outages in the last 12 months due to hacker or virus attacks (61 per cent), power loss (60 per cent) and fire, flood and other natural disasters (57 per cent). About 38 per cent of outages experienced in APJ lasted eight hours or longer, making the average cost of downtime about US$10,000 a day.
However, the survey also found that 36 per cent of businesses in APJ have no counter measures in place to deal with such threats. Major reasons for this include budgetary constraints (41 per cent) and lack of employee skills (40 per cent), lack of time (37 per cent) and lack of awareness of existing threats (33 per cent). The Symantec Business Threat Simulator Tool, however, can be deployed at no cost to enterprises and can provide fast yet expert recommendations that tell firms what they need to do.
Education of employees
For SMBs to ensure that their confidential data is kept safe, Symantec advises that they undertake several initiatives. They must educate their employees on what constitutes security threats (such as clicking dubious links and opening risky attachments) as well as good security procedures (like regularly changing passwords). Information-storage and IT-security tactics such as proper area protection must also be enacted and Web and e-mail assets also secured with software to ward off phishers and spammers. Lastly, backup and recovery plans also need to be implemented.
Michael Chue, managing director of Symantec Hong Kong, said protection of business information is exceedingly important for SMBs, as it can help stay competitive and productive. The Symantec Business Threat Simulator, said Chue, can help comprehend business threats and address them right away. This solution, Chue added, can provide SMBs, which may not be aware of attack sources or of how fast or slow recovery time from disruptions can be, with an effective yet quick way to determine compromised areas and recommend solutions.
The Symantec Business Threat Simulator solution is free for use in all APJ countries, and is available for download in English, Korean, simplified and traditional Chinese, and Thai.
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