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AVG survey reveals 75% of SMBs do not understand threats from mobile phones and tablets

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Distributor of the award-winning AVG Internet and mobile security software in Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific, AVG (AU/NZ) warns about the risks posed by SMBs’ growing reliance on mobile technologies.  

According to AVG Technologies’ annual SMB Market Landscape Report, which tracks the security attitudes and practices of companies with up to 100 employees, almost 75% of respondents were not aware of the dangers of outdated security infrastructures that were in place for mobile devices provided to staff, or those owned by employees and used at work.  

While new mobility technologies are providing tremendous opportunities for flexibility and efficiency, Michael McKinnon, Security Advisor at AVG (AU/NZ) warns that they also expose businesses to very costly impacts of hacking and Internet malware.    

He stresses it is important for companies to acknowledge the fact that smartphones and tablets, despite their size are powerful Internet-connected mobile computers holding vast amounts of critical business and personal information, and which, because of their size, can be easily misplaced, lost or stolen.  

A study conducted by G Data Security Labs reveals a 273% rise in mobile malware in the first half of 2011 – a statistic that SMBs using mobile technologies need to take note of immediately.  

The AVG report also indicates an increase in usage of mobile technologies in business with one in ten of the organisations surveyed having deployed business applications on tablet devices, a threefold increase on figures from the 2010 survey.  

Key findings of AVG’s annual SMB Market Landscape Report:  

  • Almost 1 in 5 SMB companies use tablet devices thanks to the fast-paced development of Android mobile technologies
  • 50% of respondents give employees remote access to their networks
  • Telecommuting workers spend one day a week on an average away from the office
  • Popular telecommuting locations include home (71%), on the move (47%) and wireless hotspots (35%), exposing businesses to high levels of risk
McKinnon therefore advises small and medium sized businesses to properly secure their smartphones and tablet devices with purpose-designed mobile security solutions such as AVG’s Mobilation package for Android.

McKinnon explains that AVG Mobilation allows lost or stolen devices to be easily located or remotely wiped, which can help all SMBs protect important data.  

Additionally, anti-virus and Internet protection provided by AVG’s Internet Security Business Edition 2012 should be kept current for all computers and mobile devices that are brought in or taken home by staff, contractors, clients and visitors.

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