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Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) continue to play a foundational role to the economic success of many communities, cities, and states,and they have had quite a year. 2020, as it stands, has had SMBs in a variety of industries, pivot from in-person transactions to primarily online customer interactions. This massive shift has not only challenged the way business is conducted, but has also set the stage for SMBs to increasingly be the target of cyber attacks.
Through these transitions, many other barriers that prevent SMBs from having a robust network security solution in place, have not changed. Nearly 40% of SMBs still budget less than $1,000 to network security systems and solutions, and in addition to these small budgets, 72% continue to disperse IT responsibilities across other internal roles. These two barriers alone would make combating network security an uphill battle. This year, however, a third barrier emerged – rogue employees, or, employees who do not follow IT security guidelines.
Drilling down into the needs of SMBs, understanding these top three roadblocks in detail can help any network administrator or IT Professional provide a more enhanced network security solution.
According to the Untangle 2020 SMB IT Report, 24% of SMBs identify rogue employees, or employees who ignore or do not actively follow IT security guidelines, as one of their top three barriers to successful IT security. Employees, especially as many who have traditionally been in office settings are now adjusting to working from home, should be viewed as the first line of defense for any SMB. Continuous training about common cyber criminal tactics, such as Phishing emails and malicious links, along with preventive tactics, like strong password hygiene are more important than ever before.
As SMBs look for solutions to these pain points, there are a few easy tools they can implement within their current systems to protect their network.
SMBs will continue to do more with less as they move forward to complete this year and look toward 2021. To overcome their continued barriers to complete IT security, SMBs can begin implementing these foundational and low-cost policies and tools today. Cyber criminals will remain a constant threat to SMBs, but taking the steps to streamline, organize, and address current vulnerabilities can aid in stopping attacks before they even happen.
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