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Nearly 7 in 10 SMBs Interested in AI are Unaware of Security Risks

From inventory management, data analytics, office assistance and more, AI can take on a massive role, even within the smallest businesses. Email leader Zix-AppRiver’s Q4 2019 CyberThreat Index for Business Survey revealed that education around AI is necessary prior to widespread implementation amongt small-to-medium sized businesses.

While it doesn’t come as a shock that 88% of the SMB leaders surveyed reported high levels of interest in adopting AI within their business, 7 in 10 of those interested leaders were not aware of potential cybersecurity risks that could accompany its use. The survey also revealed:

  • The 54% of all SMBs interested in AI will move forward with adoption despite the known risks, as they believe the benefits outweigh the risks
  • A stunning 82% of SMBs in the sensitive government sector were unaware of security risks associated with AI, but over half of them still plan to adopt regardless

Full results from this AI section of the Q4 Cyberthreat Index report can be found HERE.

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