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SMB State of Security Hampered by Budget, Staff

August 02, 2018 / Kacy Zurkus

The vast majority of small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) rank security as their top priority, though less than a third of those organizations have a dedicated IT security professional on staff, according to 2018 SMB IT Security Report, released today by Untangle. More than 350 SMBs worldwide participated in the survey, which attempted to gauge their state of IT security by looking at trends in budget and resource constraints, breaches, IT infrastructure, cloud adoption and the general state of IT. The report found that SMBs continue to struggle when it comes to deploying IT security solutions, largely because of tight security budgets and a lack of expert staff. With more companies planning to implement SD-WAN solutions, increasing reliance on cloud infrastructure is a growing concern for network security. Additionally, the report revealed that 75% of SMBs have fewer than five physical locations and 60% of those businesses have fewer than 100 end-user devices; however, 34% of all r...