A recent survey found that two-thirds of small business owners view IT and security as critical to their business and think about it all the time.
However, IT is constantly changing, with BYOD, more connected devices and wireless access creating new infrastructure demands.
After conducting more than 1,600 cyberthreat assessments in 2016, Fortinet found that the average small business is compromised by four pieces of active malware.
Traditional unified threat management
Typically, smaller businesses will be using a Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution.
Most feature sets fall into three main categories on one device:
- Firewall/intrusion prevention system (IPS)/virtual private network
- Secure Web gateway security (URL filtering and Web antivirus)
- Messaging security (antispam, mail AV)
Through this, small businesses can simplify the complexity of enterprise class security and bolster protection of their business despite limited budgets and staff.
New complexity emerges
However, as organisations have grown and technology has continued to evolve, IT has become more complicated.
Whether it is wireless access points providing connectivity to an increasingly mobile, multidevice workforce, additional wired switching to support more connected devices in the workplace, or the rise of cloud services, today’s small business networks have grown much more complicated – with a patchwork of components from various vendors.
In fact, 60% of small business owners reported they use a mix of IT (whether on premise or in the cloud) from multiple vendors.
As a result of recent trends, security technologies continue to evolve, and a growing emphasis is currently placed on measures like web application firewall and sandboxing
Fortinet’s solution for small businesses
Because of these continued IT and security evolutions, especially the resulting complexity, Fortinet is continuing to extend the power and simplicity of its UTM appliances to encompass new networking and security capabilities.
Fortinet’s Connected UTM solution for small offices delivers all the access and security technologies a growing business needs in a solution that is affordable and easy to use.
Customers benefit from top rated protection, the broadest set of integrated networking and security components, with one console, vendor and support contact.
As a result, small businesses can continue to grow with the very latest secure IT to enable them.
For more information, visit the Fortinet website.
This article was published in partnership with Fortinet.