Almost half of SMEs have admitted to sharing confidential files like spreadsheets and employee data via email during lockdown.
A survey, conducted by the Lanop Accountancy Group, polled 100 SME company owners about their security habits during the coronavirus outbreak.
46% confessed to sharing confidential files with colleagues over email since lockdown began, including financial and personal data contained in spreadsheets.
Despite this, three in every five company owners (60%) reported that they have not upgraded company security since shifting to a remote working model.
Meanwhile, 59% reported an increase in email phishing cyber-attacks since lockdown began – phishing attacks are a sophisticated cybercrime which attempts to trick users into revealing their login credentials or other sensitive information.
Furthermore, 30% have purchased new laptops, mobiles and tablets to manage remote working, and one quarter of SMEs are sharing a Zoom account with another company.
A further one in five companies reported that they have cancelled a meeting due to conference systems crashing.
Looking to the future, 45% of company owners admitted plans to increase their IT spending in near future, and nearly one quarter (23%) say they will not renew their office lease even after the crisis.
Interestingly, one third of company owners claimed they lack the IT systems to operate remotely for a further three months, and 28% said that their staff lack the digital skills to operate remotely.