Today in Austin, Texas, at the 2017 edition of IT membership organization CompTIA’s ChannelCon partner conference, Webroot, Ingram Micro, and the Intronis MSP Solutions by Barracuda division of Barracuda Networks all published interesting research studies on the state of play in the all-important markets for security solutions, managed services, and cloud computing. Here’s a look at some of the most revealing findings from those reports.
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Could some of that self-assurance stem from the fact that SMBs are spending more heavily on security generally and security services from partners specifically?
Fully 94 percent of the businesses Webroot polled say their security budget for 2017 is up, and 20 percent say that increase ranges from 20 to 40 percent. Meanwhile, 91 percent agree somewhat or strongly with the assertion that “outsourcing IT solutions would both protect my business against threats and increase my bandwidth to address other areas of my business.”
Tomeo finds that last figure in particular encouraging. Webroot believes that bringing in partners is the only shot most businesses have at successfully weathering today’s security storm.
“There’s only so many security professionals to go around,” he observes. “It’s a lot harder for them to actually build out that security team themselves, so we think outsourcing is going to be the way to go.”
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