SMBs need better resources to prevent security breaches

By VAR_Staffing
In Channel
July 18, 2012

Article By VAR Staffing

Large corporations would seem to be the most attractive target for computer hackers. Bigger enterprise means more money, but it can also mean better security. Small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), who must plan out security spending more carefully, are actually more at risk than their larger counterparts.

A new article from Erik Sherman of CBS News looks at the rising threat IT Principals must face when it comes to security. Hackers have access to the most advanced technology and IT professionals need to find the best resources to combat these potential menaces. Whether it's through permanent placement of security experts or project-based staffing augmentation for specific concerns, these threats can cause major problems if left unchecked by IT Principals.

The article spoke with several industry experts about why SMBs should be focused on security matters. According to a report from Verizon, which analyzed hundreds of data breaches in 2010, 63 percent of them happened to companies with fewer than 100 employees.

Kevin Haley, a director with Symantec Security Response, cited company resources that found only 13 percent of 1,900 SMBs surveyed felt completely protected against computer threats. Another Symantec study shows that 40 percent of targeted online attacks have gone after smaller businesses.

"The solution? There may not be one, and [it's] for the same reasons that large companies remain vulnerable," wrote Sherman. "Computer security is expensive. To many executives, it's a black hole for spending. Even big companies with significant IT staffs have difficulty keeping up with all the changes, updates, modifications, and upgrades necessary to keep up with the world of criminal hacking."

IT Principals of SMBs need to be smart with security spending. They relay on VARs and Integrators to address growing security concerns in the most cost effective manner.

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