ESET held study on the state of IT infrastructure of startups and microbusiness during a pandemic. It turned out that a third of entrepreneurs (33%) encountered various types of cyber threats during this period.
Spam became the most common problem – in a multivariate survey, 36% of respondents chose it. At the same time, every fifth company (21%) suffered from banking Trojans, 13% from phishing attacks and 12% from attacks by cryptographers.
ESET also examined IT infrastructure issues that could affect the level of information security of companies, especially in the process of forced transition to the remote work mode. Most often, respondents noted obsolete equipment (67%), the lack of relevant OS and software updates (31%).
In addition, many companies are concerned about the lack of a budget for the development of IT infrastructure (37%) and the forced use of unlicensed software instead of expensive paid applications. Every third respondent (33%) also noted the absence of an IT specialist on staff.
Various methods are used to protect corporate information: 26% install antivirus software, 40% use VPN, 17% use two-factor authentication. 71% of respondents rated their level of information security in remote work mode as low; 14% and 15% – both medium and high, respectively. At the same time, 53% do not use any protection tools at all.
After the restrictive measures have been completely removed, 20% of the companies plan to continue working remotely and 21% will partially leave the staff at home.