Small Business Security: Trends for 2010

by Larry Barrett

Symantec’s latest report outlines 13 security issues it expects will play a significant, if unpleasant, role in 2010. Small business owners and managers can minimize the danger by educating employees about the threats.

With so many viruses and malware attacks floating around the Internet, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and give up. But simply understanding the threats and teaching employees how to avoid cyber traps can make a huge difference for small businesses. InternetNews.com looks at the latest report from Symantec that outlines 13 threats we’re most likely to encounter in 2010.

After a year of unprecedented proliferation of spyware, malware and cyber attacks of all types, security software vendor Symantec warns there's plenty more where that came from in its just-released 2010 Security Trends to Watch report.

Kevin Haley, Symantec Security Response group product manager, this week posted an ironic blog entry titled "Don’t Read This Blog" to draw attention to the company's latest report and to illustrate how Internet users have been conditioned to click any compelling link without regard to the possible—and often probable -- security consequences of their actions.

"We love to click," he wrote. "Clicking on links and attachments that are accompanied by just the slightest bit of social engineering appears to be a basic human need."

"I expect it to show in a revision of Maslow's Hierarchy of Human Needs any day now -- behind love, but certainly ahead of safety," he added.

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This article was originally published on Tuesday Nov 24th 2009
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