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SMEs Attitudes to “Information Assurance” and Consequences for the Digital Single Market

Henson, Richard and Garfield, Joy (2016) SMEs Attitudes to “Information Assurance” and Consequences for the Digital Single Market. Athens Journal of Business and Economics. ISSN Online: 2241-794X (In Press)

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Abstract

It is now generally accepted that cyber crime represents a big threat to organisations, and that they need to take appropriate action to protect their valuable information assets. However, current research shows that, although small businesses understand that they are potentially vulnerable, many are still not taking sufficient action to counteract the threat. Last year, the authors sought, through a more generalised but categorised attitudinal study, to explore the reasons why smaller SMEs in particular were reluctant to engage with accepted principles for protecting their data. The results showed that SMEs understood many of the issues. They were prepared to spend more but were particularly suspicious about spending on information assurance. The authors’ current research again focuses on SME attitudes but this time the survey asks only questions directly relating to information assurance and the standards available, in an attempt to try to understand exactly what is causing them to shy away from getting the badge or certificate that would demonstrate to customers and business partners that they take cyber security seriously. As with last year’s study, the results and analysis provide useful pointers towards the broader business environment changes that might cause SMEs to be more interested in working towards an appropriate cyber security standard.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: SME, Information Assurance, standards, cyber crime, Digital Single Market, GDPR, cyber security, attitudes, cyber liability insurance, compliance, certification, PCI-DSS, Cyber Essentials, IASME, ISO27001
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Worcester Business School
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Depositing User: Richard Henson
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2016 13:59
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2016 11:53
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/4880

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