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3 Cybersecurity Predictions for SMBs: Page 2 of 2

As the pandemic lingers and a hybrid workforce takes hold, channel pros and their SMB customers face ongoing security challenges. By Scott Devens

3. Zero Trust and VPNs Will be Partners in Security

The growing number of hacks and security risks has organizations investigating or moving to zero-trust strategies, with the Biden Administration even mandating zero trust for federal agencies.

For an SMB looking to set up a zero-trust solution, one of the potential misconceptions is that it requires a completely new type of infrastructure with a costly, brand-new solution. That screams: MORE BUDGET NEEDED! However, it’s feasible to build on the investments that companies have already made. Zero trust isn’t a platform or a device. It's an initiative for digital environments based on the key principle that no access is granted unless it is specifically given. Zero trust can incorporate VPN where, before access to anything is granted using VPN, the connection must receive explicit confirmation that the user has specifically and deliberately been given permission to access it. This can be done using solutions that provide zero trust with VPN technology underneath, or with other technologies that grant or deny access.

While a recent Trend Micro report predicts “global organizations will emerge more alert and better prepared in 2022,” we’re also seeing SMBs taking cybersecurity threats seriously. According to Untangle’s SMB IT Security Report, 76% of respondents said IT security was a priority in 2021, and 80% said they are more secure now than last year, which is backed up by the fact that the businesses in the survey have larger annual IT security budgets than those surveyed in 2020.

2022 looks to be another year where SMBs are focusing more on cybersecurity, and we love to see it.

SCOTT DEVENS is the CEO of Untangle, a network security provider for SMBs.

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