According to industry analyst organization Techaisle and cloud services provider dinCloud, the need to secure many different profiles that are the source of security challenges and breaches (e.g. mobile devices, network gear, data center applications, data and equipment) will force SMBs to spend on IT security solutions in four categories:
1. Protection of data entering the corporate environment
2. Protection of the mobile environment
3. Traffic inspection
4. Protection of information in use
With this, Techaisle believes that managed service providers (MSPs) will become the preferred source of cloud and mobility security deployment, with 59 percent of SMBs already partnering with one, according to a recent survey.
The analyst firm said, “So far, most businesses have relied on internal IT security for layering in security for cloud and mobile environments. However, relative to midmarket firms, small businesses have limited internal IT security staff, are not currently working with a managed service provider capable of managing security needs. But as threat sources continue to rise, both the small and midmarket segments will turn to MSPs.”
Farhan Mirza, senior director of infrastructure and engineering at dinCloud, added, “As cyber-attacks continue to become increasingly sophisticated, businesses must ensure they are safe by leveraging the expertise offered by security focused MSPs. While businesses are taking advantage of various technologies like cloud computing, IoT and mobility, they are increasingly vulnerable to attack vectors that hackers can exploit. In this fast-changing technical landscape, IT teams also have to worry about securing their data on-premises or in the cloud. It is necessary to not only have a comprehensive security policy in place covering all these areas, but also have a monitoring mechanism in place. Partnering with MSPs can ensure all their security needs are properly met.”