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Competing Priorities Mean Security Risks for Small Businesses

Small business IT professionals are trying to balance multiple priorities and finding that the balance often leaves the company with serious security risks.

IT professionals at small businesses face a number of competing priorities. They're generally individuals or small teams charged to "to it all," from great customer user experience to company security. And 98% think the employees at their companies could be doing more to help on the security front.

A new report, based on a survey sponsored by LastPass and conducted by Vanson Bourne, finds competing priorities lead to competing objectives for improving security. Among their security objectives for the coming year, more than 50% of the 700 professionals who responded to the survey cited securing data (75%), securing new technologies as they're adopted (68%), reducing risk (66%), and upgrading identify access management (65%).

All of those, and especially identity management, are made more difficult because of all the other requirements these all-purpose IT professionals need to balance. Forty-seven percent say they have to balance ease of use against security, while 37% cite employee demands for greater ease of use as a competing requirement.

The critical nature of finding the proper balance is illustrated by another finding, that 82% of respondents say their businesses have been exposed to a risk as a result of poor identity and access practices.

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tdsan
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tdsan,
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7/22/2019 | 7:56:33 AM
Re: Think of quality

One thing companies could do would be to purchase Intelligent CyberSecurity software and then have the company show them how to use it (demos, coming to the site or remote configuration). They often offer these services as part of the overall purchase especially if it is more than one, this could be an option, the company just needs one person who is technically savvy. - Todd

 
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MarkSindone,
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7/22/2019 | 5:32:38 AM
Think of quality
It is expected of small companies to have their employees handle almost every single processes of their businesses from A to Z. It is just part and parcel of their business plan to ensure they become cost-efficient and that business processes can be carried out. However, the quality of each process is what is actually being sacrificed. Businesses need to consider this fact should there be extreme repercussions on their own company in the long run.
tdsan
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tdsan,
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7/19/2019 | 10:14:56 AM
Re: need title line, insert in column X
Small business IT professionals are trying to balance multiple priorities and finding that the balance often leaves the company with serious security risks.

Nathan, you bring up valid points about entrepreneurship but how is that tied into the discussion as it relates to security and the question posed (companies are trying to balance priorities and risks could be overlooked). I think that was the question.

For example, if someone is building boats, but they don't have in-depth knowledge of the computer system and the accounting they have, they could be affected by external actors (hackers). I think that is where they were getting at. This is a reasonable assumption that is the reason myself and the other gentlemen stated that it may be good to have a security consultant to help address some of those problem areas (just like a doctor, except data and the protection of data, is the life-line that is vital to the business operations).

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NathanDavidson,
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7/19/2019 | 4:30:20 AM
need title line, insert in column X
IS it really very surprising that there are people out there in the world that have a desire to manufacture something of their own? We're not just talking about replicating the components that are available out there in the industry, but about people innovating and being entrepreneural about it! Who knows what kind of devices and hardware that therse people can come up with that might just be the next big thing!
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REISEN1955,
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7/15/2019 | 9:12:10 AM
Re: Security Consultant could enhance your security posture
True - small business cannot afford a large CSirt department or a full time SOC engineer - so a consultant is a perfect compromise.  I know - i supported small business and offices in a managed services capacity and dealt with security and ransomware outbreaks.   And let us not forget Budget - they don't generally have a big one so a consultant has to think well outside of the box.  You won't see massive Carbon Black or Crowdstrike deployments and innovative software has to be used creatively.  And sometimes writing a check can be an issue too.  I saved an entire 501C3 from total ransomware meltdown in 3 hours- should have charged alot more than i did. 
tdsan
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tdsan,
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7/12/2019 | 7:18:55 PM
Security Consultant could enhance your security posture
What's wrong with bringing in a security consultant to help put the security framework together?
It does not have to be a lot, just enough to jumpstart the security process.

This could be a strategic advantage when developing relationships with other vendors or clients.

Just a thought.

Todd
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