The No. 1 security challenge facing midmarket IT

More than half of midmarket IT managers agree: for better or worse, budget can determine an organization’s security posture. According to a survey by SpiceWorks, not only are budget constraints the top security challenge facing small to medium-sized companies, cost is the No. 1 consideration when such teams are evaluating new solutions. And yet, 80 percent of IT pros from midmarket companies report that security is the top IT initiative planned for upcoming years.

Security decisions shouldn’t be taken lightly. Any company’s budget and resource constraints need to align with its technology strategies, and midmarket organizations are often particularly affected by those limits. Still, when companies forgo critical security thinking and favor the lowest-cost options for data protection, their actions can leave major areas of their infrastructure exposed to threats.

SpiceWorks found that the top security technologies employed by midmarket companies include the following:

  • Firewalls
  • Data backup and recovery
  • Antivirus and malware software
  • Internet filtering and blocking
  • Authentication

The role of IT professionals in protecting sensitive data

To protect their companies, customers, partners and colleagues, IT pros need to take the lead in championing solutions and advocating for tighter security practices. As many pros are recognizing, looking inside their companies’ data storage and determining risk posture is a great place to start. SpiceWorks found that half of respondents had conducted data audits in the last year, while 41 percent had plans to do so in the next 12 months.

Beyond costs, a successful security solution should be reliable and easy to use, with a range of features and functionalities. To make adoption and use successful, SpiceWorks notes that end-user education about best practices, safe data management and security risks is also critical.

Download the survey for more tips on championing security at your organization.

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Cheryle Cushion

Cheryle Cushion

Cheryle has more than 20 years of experience in developing corporate marketing strategies and executing integrated marketing programs that drive strong customer engagement via direct and indirect sales channels. She has held various marketing leadership roles in several successful companies including Infinio Systems, Raptor Systems, Interliant, Seahorse BioScience, Dell and most notably EqualLogic which was purchased by Dell in 2008 for $1.4B.