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Cloud-based security: Is it for you?

Sumit Bansal, director for ASEAN at Sophos | Jan. 15, 2015
The article illustrates four key growth stages of SMBs, the different business needs faced such as the lack of IT manpower, budget constraints and the rise of a mobile workforce and how SMBs can tackle these security challenges.

The mature SMB

Once an SMB is past the growth stage, with the right IT security people in place, its main concern shifts to managing employees and the company's infrastructure. Every vendor has different offerings when it comes to cloud security, and it is crucial to choose one that is sustainable and easy to use. Some areas to consider include long-term viability, customisation of the solution, upgrade options, how to implement them, and what support is provided for the solution.

As long as the solution is easy to deploy, organisations will be able to enjoy cost savings and have better management and control of their IT security in the long term. Most importantly, the solution must be easy to  manage, such as by managing the organisation's security from a single console.

Overall, cloud-based solutions have the flexibility to cater to SMBs at their various stages of growth from being able to assist start-ups with their technical capabilities, to being user-friendly for mature organisations.

 

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