Security Demands Stress Small Business IT Infrastructure: Sophos

An increasingly complex Web of security measures—and threats—is straining the IT infrastructure of small and midsize businesses, according to a survey of 571 IT managers and directors across North America, Europe and Australia. The survey, conducted for Web and data security firm Sophos by Vanson Bourne, found more than one-third (36 percent) of businesses struggle with applying consistent security policies across all offices, and 34 percent of respondents had their network firewall for five years or more.

The results highlighted the difficulties small businesses have in keeping their security infrastructure current and aligned with company policies. The changing nature of employee productivity with the advent of mobile devices and remote locations is also impacting SMB security, with 93 percent of SMBs surveyed integrating remote working policies into their security provision. More than half of respondents (52 percent) expecting to improve security precautions to mitigate additional risks posed by remote working.  (Read More)

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