Last fall, my colleague, Paul Mah, presented an argument on why SMBs need to pay attention to security. It appears that businesses are getting more serious about heeding that call.
A new Forrester report surveyed 2,058 IT security decision makers. According to the report's executive summary:
The data shows that IT security remains a hotbed of activity and growth as firms grapple with a more menacing, capable threat landscape, respond to a growing body of regulation and third-party requirements, and adapt to an unprecedented level of IT upheaval. The challenge of addressing this added complexity is fueling the adoption of security services.
The report shows that the vast majority of companies are focusing more funds toward improving security, and quoting from an article on Infosecurity:
The report's findings also show that both enterprises and SMBs are increasingly turning to managed security services (MSS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) based security solutions.
The findings fall in line with conversations I had with a number of security companies at RSA. SaaS was a major topic of discussion-with the first "S" not only standing for software, but also for security. Even the Cloud Security Alliance has recognized the need for increased awareness of SECaaS with new research in this area.