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U.S. SMB Security Update — Use and Plans for Network and Endpoint Security by Company Size and Attitude Segment

U.S. SMB Security Update — Use and Plans for Network and Endpoint Security by Company Size and Attitude Segment

This IDC study examines attitudes, current use, and planned acquisition of security solutions by U.S. small businesses and midsize firms. SMB engagement with security technology continues to evolve. The importance of security and security management as IT spending priorities sets the stage for the relative share of spending associated with different approaches to security deployment. The use of different security capabilities shows the variety of different endpoint and network solutions used.

"SMBs have been shifting their thinking about security resources from a cost to be contained to a capability to be optimized," said Ray Boggs, VP, SMB research at IDC. "The growth of cloud capabilities, mobility, and ecommerce all open the door to risk that must be managed if the full benefits of technology are to be realized." Boggs noted that differences in SMBs by company size and attitude segment pose challenges to vendors seeking to craft the ideal mix of products and market targeting. But independent of specific requirements, SMBs are increasingly looking to vendors and their channel partners to address proactively the emerging threats that are often associated with new productivity and customer engagement resources.

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Situation Overview
Security as SMB Spending Priority by Company Size and Attitude Segment
Share of SMB Security Spending Represented by Hardware, Software, Appliances, SaaS, and Services by Company Size and Attitude Segment
Current SMB Use of Endpoint and Network Security by Company Size and Attitude Segment
Future Outlook
Essential Guidance
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Synopsis
Table: U.S. SMBs Security Spending Share by Category and Company Size (% of Respondents)
Table: U.S. SMBs Current Network and Endpoint Security Capabilities Usage by Company Size (% of Respondents)
Table: U.S. SMBs Current Network and Endpoint Security Capabilities Usage by Attitude Segment (% of Respondents)
Table: U.S. SMBs Network and Endpoint Security Capabilities Planned for Acquisition/Upgrade in the Next 12 Months by Company Size (% of Respondents)
Table: U.S. SMBs Network and Endpoint Security Capabilities Planned for Acquisition/Upgrade in the Next 12 Months by Attitude Segment (% of Respondents)
Figure: U.S. SMBs Citing Improving Security and Security Management as IT Spending Priority by Company Size
Figure: U.S. SMBs Citing Improving Security and Security Management as IT Spending Priority by Attitude Segment
Figure: U.S. SMBs Security Spending by Category and Attitude Segment

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