Competing Priorities Mean Security Risks for Small Businesses

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.

Read more here.

 

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