How Midsize Companies Put Large Companies at Risk

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 09-21-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Previous
    How Midsize Companies Put Large Companies at Risk
    Next

    How Midsize Companies Put Large Companies at Risk

    Midsize companies are likely targets for cyber-attacks, as they usually have lax security policies and they have access to larger companies’ assets.
  • Previous
    The Perils of Password Cracking
    Next

    The Perils of Password Cracking

    25% of interviewed companies said they experienced password cracking during the last six months.
  • Previous
    Medium Businesses Most Vulnerable
    Next

    Medium Businesses Most Vulnerable

    Medium businesses are most affected by password cracking, according to 27% of CIOs at these companies, as opposed to 21% of CIOs at large businesses.
  • Previous
    Man-in-the-Middle Attacks
    Next

    Man-in-the-Middle Attacks

    21% of medium businesses report man-in-the-middle attacks in the last six months or less, compared to 12% of large businesses.
  • Previous
    Most-Used Security Features
    Next

    Most-Used Security Features

    31% of both medium and large businesses rely on firewalls to protect their infrastructures, while anti-malware solutions come in second, at 27%.
  • Previous
    Gap Between Deployment and Solutions
    Next

    Gap Between Deployment and Solutions

    There is a clear gap between percentages in deployment of anti-malware solutions, with only 24% of medium businesses using them compared to 31% of large companies.
  • Previous
    Adoption of Firewall Technologies
    Next

    Adoption of Firewall Technologies

    The adoption of firewall technologies is similar for medium and small businesses, with 30% for the former and 33% for the latter.
  • Previous
    Impact of Breaches on Performance Minimized
    Next

    Impact of Breaches on Performance Minimized

    47% of CIOs at both medium and large businesses seek effective ways to prevent malware breaches, but 37% minimize the impact on system performance and user productivity.
  • Previous
    Timely Customer Support Favored
    Next

    Timely Customer Support Favored

    37% of CIOs from large companies place greater significance on timely customer support, compared to 23% at medium-size businesses.
 

Although medium and large businesses are exposed to the same types of threats, they react differently to them, according to a new study. Bitdefender, in partnership with Millward Brown, surveyed 300 CIOs at companies within this size range. They found that 46 percent of large business managers review threats every three months, whereas 39 percent of medium business managers do so. "We've intuitively known that medium business tend to be more lax with security practices, as their immediate goals are to focus on growth and business development, rather than allocating large budgets for security, " said Liviu Arsene, senior E-Threat Analyst at Bitdefender. "However, this makes them likely targets for cyber-attacks, as they usually work with large companies and attackers can leverage this to penetrate security defenses of larger companies that have granted medium businesses access to some parts of their infrastructure or data." Here are highlights of the findings. See the full report, click here:

 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
 
Manage your Newsletters: Login Register