A recent Symantec survey found that New Zealand small and medium-sized businesses are protecting themselves against potential malicious attacks. Ninety percent of those polled said they had upgraded their security software within the last year, The New Zealand Herald reports, and 74 percent said their computers were password protected. Encryption is not as common, however, with 10 percent saying they encrypted confidential information in e-mails. "Businesses put themselves at significant risk if they don't ensure their IT policies keep abreast with the latest threats and continuously provide staff with the training they need to protect their critical business information," said a spokesman from The Employers & Manufacturers' Association.
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