Islandia, N.Y., July 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Computer Associates International,
Inc. (NYSE: CA) announced today that small and medium businesses (SMBs) remain
highly vulnerable to a variety of cyber-threats — resulting in unacceptable exposure
to significant business risk. According to surveys of senior managers conducted
for CA by Quocirca, Ltd. a leading independent business analyst organization,
many SMBs do not have sufficient resources to implement proven security best practices
— such as periodic security reviews, proactive patch management and/or appropriate
testing of data backup and recovery systems. Quocirca surveyed 240 senior managers
from companies in the U.S. with less than 1000 employees and 200 senior managers
from companies in four European countries with less than 300 employees.
Key findings of the studies include:
* SMBs have relatively limited resources with which to manage their increasingly
dense and heterogeneous IT environments. About 25% of larger SMBs still rely
on non-experts to manage IT. For small businesses and SOHO users, that number
rises to about 50%. SMBs in the European countries surveyed had even fewer dedicated
IT staff than their U.S. counterparts.
* The SMB IT environment is surprisingly complex. Despite their size, SMBs
often wind up with a wide range of hardware and software resources. Older versions
of Windows typically co-exist with newer ones — and many larger SMBs use a
combination of Windows, UNIX and Linux. This makes security management more
difficult and time-consuming.
* Security and data protection processes are often managed manually — and
therefore frequently neglected. Only 25% of SMBs surveyed are using automated
software to manage their backups. Approximately 20% have no backup capabilities
at all. Of those backing up their servers, more than 30% have not checked their
ability to recover files in more than a year.
* SMBs are slow to react to emerging threats. More than 75% of SMBs utilize
a high-speed internet connection, yet more than 25% said they had not checked
the security of their internet connection in at least a year. And while 80%
deployed antivirus software, less than 50% have installed anti-spyware solutions
— leaving them open to a rapidly growing range of potentially destructive threats.
* Poor patch management leave many SMBs open to known security vulnerabilities.
While many SMBs take advantage of Microsoft’s automated updates, less than 30%
use automated patch management software to ensure the safety of their non-Microsoft
applications. In larger SMB environments, where the testing and central management
of patches is even more crucial, only 40% are using automated patch management
”These studies reveal that while SMBs continue to embrace technology,
a disturbing number lack the resources necessary to protect their IT assets
in a sufficiently organized manner,” said Bob Tarzey, service director
at Quocirca Ltd. ”SMBs need to make sure they have a comprehensive security
and backup strategy in place for their increasingly business-critical computing
CA Protection Suites Now Available
CA released the Quocirca studies in conjunction with the general availability
of five attractively priced Protection Suites that fulfill the security, storage
and data migration needs of SMBs. Offered in 17 languages, the Protection Suites
also provide the simplified technology acquisition, deployment and ownership
that are so important for under-resourced businesses. Additional information
is available at http://ca.com/protectionsuites.
To access the Quocirca studies and a CA whitepaper entitled ”The Threats
You Face: Why Total Protection Matters,” please visit http://ca.com/smb/bestpractices.
”Quocirca’s studies demonstrate that SMBs need to better automate their
security, backup and PC upgrade processes,” said David Luft, senior vice
president of SMB product development at CA. ”CA has responded to this urgent
market need with solutions that allow SMBs to implement important risk-mitigating
best practices despite their lack of in-house IT security manpower.”
Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE: CA), one of the world’s largest
management software companies, delivers software and services across operations,
security, storage, life cycle and service management to optimize the performance,
reliability and efficiency of enterprise IT environments. Founded in 1976, CA
is headquartered in Islandia, N.Y. and serves customers in more than 140 countries.
For more information, please visit http://ca.com.