Solution Provider Alliance Offers Small-Business Security Tips

The ITSPA survey, which polled the group's own members, indicated that solution providers spent nearly 25 percent of their professional time resolving security issues for small businesses. Members also said that on average, their clients have been hit by hackers or viruses more than seven times in 2004.

"According to ITSPA research, SMBs are more vulnerable to security attacks than larger companies," ITSPA President Russell Morgan said in a statement. "Although SMBs are not attacked as often as large companies, they are very vulnerable when massive computer attacks take place such as worm or virus outbreaks. Also, security at large companies is much better than in the past, which encourages hackers to view SMBs as an easy target."

The organization has issued ten tips for small to midsize businesses in protecting their computers and systems:

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