In the wake of major and embarrassing data losses by government departments and agencies, new research shows that SMEs could face similar threats.
The survey showed that nearly 60% of businesses reported laptop thefts in the last 12 months.
Nearly half said data was threatened by employee negligence, but 80% said they only used traditional software asset management tools as a means of protecting their machines if stolen.
In addition, 43% of those who had already suffered a breach estimated the cost to be between £10,000 and £100,000, while 14% it cost them more than £500,000.
This was published at the same time as another survey reported that only 38% of technology, media and telecommunications companies were confident that they had adequate security to protect customer details.