Cyber defense is top of mind for SMBs, as one in three suffer breach

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Cyber security remains the top concern for small and mid-sized businesses, as more than one in three experienced a security breach within the last five years and more than 10 percent in the past 12 months alone.

That is one of the findings of a new study by IT infrastructure management provider Kaseya, which surveyed 1,300 SMBs worldwide.

According to the study, more than half (54 percent) of SMBs said security is their top IT concern in 2018, up 14 percent from 2017. Looking ahead to 2019, nearly 60 percent of respondents expect security to be their primary concern in the coming year.

Survey respondents also cited data backup and uptime as critical to their operations, and 86 percent reported that they had experienced at least one IT network outage lasting longer than five minutes over the past year.

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For data backup and recovery, 90 percent of the organizations said they back up servers and another 69 percent back them up both locally and onsite. Almost 40 percent reported they run automated disaster recovery and have a formal, management-approved business continuity and disaster recovery plan in place.
On average, respondents rely on four backup and recovery technologies.

Among the other highlights of survey: 84 percent of the organizations audit endpoints as part of their asset management processes, and of those, 68 percent track operating system information, 64 percent track installed software, and 48 percent track software licensing data.

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