Bridging The Security Gap For SMBs
IT security often appears to be more time- and resource-intensive than it actually is; especially for SMBs (small and medium businesses). Given reports of massive data breaches at blue chip companies – along with the ease of retaining legacy software – it’s deceiving to think that SMBs don’t need to do a great deal to safeguard their digital assets.
That’s not the case at all. If anything, they need to be more vigilant. But that doesn’t mean they need to compromise on speed – or sink ridiculous sums of money into top-of-the-range hardware. Let’s consider some of the issues SMBs face before looking at how they can maintain both IT security and productivity.
It can seem as though, despite all of the safety measures that businesses take – such as antivirus software, firewalls, email filters – whatever they do, there’s no 100% foolproof way of stopping hackers intent on causing disruption.
While it’s true that many of the tactics hackers use continue to grow in sophistication; the fact that so many companies take this attitude to security provides them with the opportunities they need! This makes small and medium businesses particular easy targets.
But it’s not just apathy that’s hampering SMBs. The fact these security programmes use a fair amount of data and memory means that they can really slow down operational speeds when installed on a server or individual computers.
This has a negative effect on productivity too – making it difficult for employees to share information, use communication platforms, and collaborate on documents: the very technology modern businesses rely on.
Individual Action Equals Security Risks
As more and more companies are starting to offer remote working and as ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) initiatives, it’s clear that a viable security solution is crucial.
But when the software that companies offer doesn’t provide the flexibility, scalability, or functionality that employees need to work in the way that they want – whenever they want – the security gap grows larger.
As a result, often employees – or entire departments – try to find a workaround solution using a variety of services and personal accounts: putting SMBs at an even greater risk.
Help SMBs Make A ‘Digital Transition’
The challenges SMBs face are numerous, but the fact is it’s important they realise both the immediate and longer term benefits of cloud technology to ensure they get all of the security features – like data encryption, remote storage, and device/user management – and operational benefits (scalability, speed, and ease of use) they need to perform their jobs.
But digital transformation isn’t an overnight phenomenon. For many SMBs, a gradual transition is what’s needed. Businesses need to have a workable strategy in place to help them realise the need for cloud migration. They need to plan financially too, and ensure they understand the full impact on their day-to-day operations.
Being able to offer SMBs help, advice, and support on all these issues is as much as part of what Microsoft Partners offer as actual implementation. Sure, partners already have all of the software development expertise they need; but going the extra mile for clients, and being able to help them make strategic IT decisions is just as important.
Think that’s something you could do? If so, you’re in a great position to help small and medium businesses bridge the security gap.