Network security firm Untangle ran a survey of small and medium-sized businesses and found that 80 per cent of SMBs rank IT security as their top business priority.
The continued barrage of cyber attacks has brought cybersecurity front of mind to the majority of SMBs. Just over half of the businesses surveyed confirmed that recent security breaches affected the way they plan their security in the future.
However, the report has other findings that show there are still issues that are stopping businesses from having the amount of security they need.
Constraints on SMBs
Resource constraints are still undermining the security efforts of many businesses. Most organisations are struggling to spare resources inside of the company to spend time researching and understanding the cyber threats to their business.
This is then made worse by the fact that almost a third of businesses have employees who do not follow IT security policies. Businesses are struggling to find resources to effectively protect their company and then employees are undermining that work by failing to follow the guidelines put in place. Those two factors will result in the business continuing to be at risk.
Nearly half of the companies surveyed by Untangle stated budget constraints as the biggest barrier they face when it comes to IT security. With 36 per cent saying that time and resource is their biggest hurdle that means 85 per cent are struggling with their cybersecurity because they either don't have the time or the money.
Why outsourcing is the solution
The solution to this problem would be to outsource their cybersecurity. It would remove the need for time and resource from the business and would reduce the expenditure.
A business would also gain the expertise of the outsourced company. That is a key way to save money. Hiring a cybersecurity expert will also be more expensive over a year than outsourcing cybersecurity to an IT provider.
Outsourcing would make use of the resources available to the chosen IT support provider. You will have access to their staff as well as their contacts within the security industry. You would be getting industry best practices at a fixed monthly cost (which for most companies works out less than hiring internally) and means the business doesn't have to spend their own time and resources on cybersecurity.
Knowing where to start and how to strategically plan for the future is another area where many businesses will struggle. At InfoTech we understand this so we offer a discovery audit so a business can understand how their IT and security performs against best practices. You can find more information on the discovery audit here.
We also set ourselves apart from other IT providers by offering strategic business planning for your IT and security. This helps you better budget for your future security needs as well as build a roadmap for the technology and security your business will need in the future.
Untangle's report shows that the majority of SMB's are now putting cybersecurity as a business priority. The trouble is that not enough have the budget or resources to handle it themselves.
However, that doesn't mean you have to compromise the level of cybersecurity in your business. Outsourcing your IT and with it, the security is a viable option. You will be using experts to secure your business and keep it secure in the future. All without taking resource out of your business and at a fixed and affordable monthly price.