BOSTON, Sept. 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In a new survey out today from Carbonite (NASDAQ:CARB) 81% of Small Business Owners (SBOs) say the U.S federal government should be working harder to stop cyber attacks against small businesses, and 86% say a presidential candidate’s position on preventing cyber threats is an important factor in deciding who gets their vote this November. With more than 28 million small businesses in the U.S., SBOs are becoming increasingly vocal and influential this election season, and candidates, especially at the presidential level, should take note.
The Carbonite survey shows a growing disconnect between the needs of small business owners and the priorities of elected officials. Over two-thirds of SBOs say that they do not think either of the presidential candidates understands the concerns of a small business owner, with four-in-five saying that regardless of who wins in November, they do not expect Washington to do anything to help their business.
Carbonite’s survey also reveals:
“This November, the country is facing the first open election in eight years. With more than 28 million small businesses in the U.S. generating seven out of ten new jobs per year, that voting bloc is too important to ignore,” said Norman Guadagno, chief evangelist at Carbonite. “Small businesses are on the vanguard of creation and change in this country and they’re creating an entirely new data-based economy. Unfortunately, elected officials aren’t recognizing their needs, especially when it comes to helping them protect the lifeblood of their business: their data.”
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This online survey was conducted by Regina Corso Consulting on behalf of Carbonite between August 16 and 22, 2016 among 250 small business owners, who are also IT purchasing decision makers for their companies with between 1 and 250 employees. Figures for size of company were weighted to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in an online survey, no estimates of sampling error can be calculated.
Carbonite (Nasdaq:CARB) is a leading provider of cloud backup and restore solutions for small and midsize businesses. Together with our partners we protect millions of devices and their valuable data for businesses and individuals around the world who rely on us to ensure their important data is secure, available and useful.
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