January 27 2016.

Three fifths of UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are in severe danger of a security breach, research finds. Some 23 per cent of businesses have very little visitor security and 36 per cent have no visitor security processes at all, according to a study by Digital ID.

Most businesses only have locks or security lights, with nearly two thirds admitting they are not in use during working hours. Only 41 per cent have more complex security measures in place with ID cards and restrictive access gates being the most popular.

Despite one in five of SMEs experiencing a security breach in the past year, SMEs seem ignorant about the effects it can have to business. As well as having a financial impact, security breaches can have an impact on staff moral and customer trust.

Adam Bennett, digital marketing manager at Digital ID says that, at the very least, small businesses should have cyber security in place, but construction sites or building firms for example, should make sure there’s a level of access control in areas where items or equipment could be stolen.

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