Bredin Report: SMB IT Security Concerns & Practices

We recently surveyed 500 SMB principals to learn about their IT security concerns, how they implement an IT security solution, and how often they conduct security audits.

Top IT security concerns vary by company size. Very small businesses (VSBs, with fewer than 20 employees) and small businesses (SBs, with 20 to 99 employees) are most concerned about malware, followed by phishing. For midsized businesses (MBs, with 100 to 500 employees) the top worry is the security of data in transit, followed by cloud vulnerabilities. SBs and MBs are significantly more concerned about almost every kind of threat than VSBs.

SMB Cybersecurity Concerns

SMB Cybersecurity Concerns

The differences in how SMBs implement IT security are even more pronounced by size than their IT security concerns. VSBs are most likely to do it in-house; SBs, via an IT consultant (closely followed by an MSP); and MBs, an MSP (followed by an IT consultant).

SMBs IT Security ImplementationSMBs IT Security ImplementationWe also asked SMBs how often they conduct IT security assessments. It is clear that, in general, they take this task seriously, with more than 50% of VSBs, 77% of SBs and 80% of MBs conducting an audit at least every six months.

SMB IT Security Audit FrequencySMB IT Security Audit Frequency

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