Survey: Small businesses not taking virtualized data security seriously

Survey: Small businesses not taking virtualized data security seriously

Small businesses around the world aren't doing enough to ensure IT security for their virtualized systems, a survey from Symantec recently found.

When using virtual environments, the researchers said, just 15 percent of those surveyed said they backed up their data. Well under half are completely secured, and nearly 80 percent don't even have an antivirus installed on their systems.

More must be done, according to Symantec strategy and marketing senior vice president Steve Cullen.

"Whether or not small businesses are ready to make the transition to virtualized technologies, it's critical that they always secure and protect their data no matter what type of environments they have," he said in a statement.

Part of the problem, however, could stem from a generally low level of familiarity with both virtualization and IT security systems, the study also found. About one-third of respondents said a lack of virtualization knowledge was hampering their uptake of the technology.

Regardless, experts say that the protection of business-critical information and personal client data must be a top priority for smaller firms, which can suffer potentially company-ending threats from a serious breach.