Small businesses in India put their data at risk as server virtualisation becomes ubiquitous

A survey carried out by Symantec not so long ago revealed some interesting findings. The purpose of the study was to examine the impact of adoption of virtualisation within small businesses and its impact on their organisations. According to the poll, small businesses have a strong interest in virtualisation, but are still learning how to adopt it in their day-to-day business operations. As they deploy server virtualisation, their data is put at high risk. Most small businesses, according to the same survey, don’t take the most basic steps to secure and protect their virtual environments. The poll included 658 respondents in 28 countries worldwide, 306 of which were from the Asia Pacific and Japan region (APJ).

Ajay Goel, managing director of India & SAARC, Symantec, said: “Virtualisation presents an opportunity for small businesses with 72% in the APJ region considering server virtualisation”. He also added: “The majority of respondents cited cost efficiencies and disaster-recovery readiness as benefits they’re hoping to gain, with most still early adoption cycle. We also found that many small businesses are neglecting to protect their virtual environments, largely due to budget and staffing constraints.”

Small businesses do not protect their data or simply do not know how to protect it

As small businesses move to virtual environments, they don’t protect and secure their information. Only 13% always back up their virtualised severs and 24% backup infrequently or not at all. They are not doing any better in securing their data – only 40% are completely secured. Budget and staffing issues appeared to prevent organisations from taking essential security steps. Those who stated they are somewhat or completely secure are, in fact, less secure that they think. A staggering 76% forego endpoint protection, 73% do not have antivirus on their virtual servers, and 51% don’t have a firewall.

Don’t become a victim to data loss – Protect your valuable information and systems!

Fortunately, there are a number of simple things that small businesses can do in order to ensure they are properly protecting their data and systems.

10 rules of information security:

  1. Safeguard your computer
  2. Use strong passwords and screensaver
  3. Update and patch your operating system
  4. Have an up-to-date firewall
  5. Have up-to-date anti-malware software
  6. Act anti-spam
  7. Secure wireless networks
  8. Be sensible – don’t take unnecessary risks
  9. Back it up
  10. Fix problems as soon as they arise

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