EiQ Networks cybersecurity survey discloses 86 percent of SMEs have underfunded IT security initiatives



EiQ Networks announced Tuesday results from a survey conducted in the first quarter of this year. More than 150 IT security professionals at small to medium-sized businesses responded to the survey, including security engineers, IT security managers, security officers, and IT administrators, among others.

The survey focused on cybersecurity technology investment, current ability to thwart attacks, and security priorities. The survey revealed, among other issues, a significant drop in respondents’ confidence in the security technologies they’ve deployed to protect their organizations from data breaches and asset theft.

As compared with EiQ’s 2015 cybersecurity survey, when 26.8 percent of IT security professionals expressed confidence in their security posture, in 2017 less than 15 percent report confidence that currently deployed technologies will be effective in detecting and responding to cyber attacks.

Other findings include 75 percent of respondents said they employ 0-2 security professionals; 74.6 percent are concerned about protecting customer data; 67.3 percent are concerned about protecting personally identifiable identification (PII); 56.2 percent are concerned about protecting employee data; and 47.7 percent review cybersecurity at least quarterly with executive management and the board of directors.

EiQ delivers comprehensive proactive and reactive security monitoring program to protect against modern-day cyber threats while meeting regulatory mandates. EiQ’s SOCVue services combine the best people, process, and technology for an enterprise-class IT security program:

EiQ’s SOCVue Security Monitoring service gives customers visibility and control over their IT environment with around-the-clock threat detection, analysis and notification, proactive remediation guidance, and compliance auditing. EiQ’s SOCVue Vulnerability Management service uses Qualys technology to mitigate risk with unlimited scans, analysis, and remediation guidance – so customers can focus on what matters most: their core business.

EiQ’s SOCVue Patch Management service identifies, analyzes, and reports on missing matches on operating systems and third-party applications while providing the ability to schedule, approve, and remotely deploy and validate patches with a simple click of a mouse

SOCVue gives customers the flexibility and cost savings of a security-as-a-service offering, and also provides a world-class team of security and technology experts to manage the technology around the clock and help implement cybersecurity best practices.

SOCVue enables organizations to reduce the cost of purchasing and maintaining complex IT security solutions; supplement existing IT staff with cybersecurity experts from EiQ’s 24x7x365 Security Operations Center (SOC); improve their IT security posture through proactive security monitoring and vulnerability assessment, and help meet compliance requirements such as PCI DSS, HIPAA, FFIEC, and GLBA.

“Our latest survey on the state of the cybersecurity landscape is very revealing. One of the most striking results is how little SMEs are spending on cybersecurity as compared to the overall IT budget – despite the very high risks they face daily from ransomware, phishing, and zero-day attacks, to name just a few,” said Vijay Basani, founder and CEO, EiQ Networks. “The results also show that companies are not just underfunding cybersecurity, they are also understaffed. Without the IT security resources and expertise necessary to continually monitor, detect, and respond to security incidents, SMEs are simply exposing themselves to loss of revenue, brand equity, IP, and customer data on a daily basis.”

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