The budget cuts are most easily viewed in the gloomy light of larger economic challenges, but the even gloomier light of a hostile-to-toxic threat environment that's not getting any better, along with increased targeting of SMBs by cycbercrooks renders the savings moot at best.
Save a little on security budgets, lose a lot -- and maybe everything -- when your vulnerabilities get exploited.
While -- no surprise -- outsourced security-as-a-service (SaaS) is touted as a balm, if not an outright cure for tight budgets and complex threats, SaaS, no matter how good, doesn't address the fundamental lack of ongoing security awareness and focus that far too many SMBs still display. McAfee, for instance, found that 65% of the companies they surveyed spent fewer than four proactive hours a week on security matters.
No one expects non-IT companies to become security experts, or to hire lots of internal experts, particularly in tough times. But even companies wholly embracing SaaS should also embrace -- or at least accept -- the idea that somebody on-staff still needs to be security-focused, proactively and for more than four hours a week.