Top Three Security Concerns in the SME Market for 2008

Nabil Souli, CEO of UBIqube Solutions, has seen a raft of SME’s encounter security issues at one point or another – a result of the increasing use of the internet within businesses. The company believes that a majority of SME’s often use consumer-oriented products to deliver sophisticated results, which eventually lead to further problems.

Souli says the following are his top three concerns for SMEs.

Say no to out of the box consumer solutions – It is worrying that the majority of SMEs are using consumer-oriented ‘out of box’ software which has been created to serve the home environment and not businesses. Although this option may appear to be the cheaper option, it is actually going to cost more in the long run to repair and will not be equipped to handle the growing number of complex security issues. These include targeted viruses for businesses that consumer devices/software are just not able to pick up on.

Throw out dedicated management systems, approach security holistically – A business should look at its security as a whole and not within the scope of devices and services e.g. web security, malware etc. Work with a vendor that covers all aspects of the security so that you don’t have to. In this way the business has access to a scalable ‘plug and play’ solution that will help the company grows.

Think security, think managed security – SMEs often don’t have the appropriate security resources to handle security threats on a day to day basis, but are aware that these need to be managed. Therefore, there is a growing demand for managed security services (MSS) which are optimised for the unique needs of SMEs in today’s market, leaving the SME to focus on what it does best – business.