IT staff at small and midsize businesses (SMBs) spend 127 hours every month managing their on-premises security, according to a new survey released by Webroot. That’s roughly 16 eight-hour workdays devoted to tasks such as updating software and hardware, re-imaging infected machines, managing and enforcing end-user policies, and installing patches.
The study included 820 respondents working for firms with between 100 to 5,000 employees, and the numbers appear remarkably consistent across organizational size. This means that SMBs are spending at least as much time as larger companies managing their security, only with fewer people and less money. So, security maintenance is eating up a much larger slice of the IT resource pie.
- One in three respondents listed mobile users and devices, from laptops to tablets to smartphones, as their biggest current challenge.
- Data breaches and malware threats ranked second and third, as the top security challenges for 2011.