Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) need to bridge the gap between smaller IT security budgets and a shortage of expertise to face the very real and growing threat of cyber attacks, Kaspersky Lab said, citing its latest survey results.
Over half (54 percent) of SMBs believe that their IT security will be compromised at some point and that preparation is essential.
At the same time, 40 percent admitted that they lack sufficient insight or intelligence on the threats faced by the business.
The security service provider suggests Security as a Service for those SMBs without the necessary internal resources or available budgets.
In terms of the threat landscape, the research showed that the loss of internal and confidential data is the main concern for almost half of businesses.
The study found that 41 percent of SMBs surveyed were experiencing viruses and malware causing a loss of productivity, more than any other attack vector.
Additionally, over half of SMBs claim to be worried about how trends such as BYOD adoption make managing security more difficult.
“The report shows that SMBs currently face a number of challenges when it comes to protecting their businesses from security threats,” said Vladimir Zapolyansky, head of SMB marketing, Kaspersky Lab.
“By taking a SaaS approach to security, SMBs can take advantage of endpoint security solutions without having the hefty budgets of enterprise counterparts,” he added.