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HPE helps SMBs jump expensive security hurdles

It’s a scary digital world out there. Is your business ready to combat the increasing kinds and degrees of threats? Learn how you can establish and maintain operational security for your SMB with HPE.

By Compute Experts guest blogger Ed Tittel, technology writer/consultant

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It’s a scary digital world out there. That’s why small to midsize businesses (SMBs) can take comfort that HPE helps them establish and maintain operational security despite ever-increasing and more dangerous threats that include ransomware, hacking, phishing, data leaks and breaches, and more.

Chronically resource constrained, SMBs can get expert help from HPE to offset staffing shortages, fill skills gaps, and speed response times when every minute costs money and increases the risk of damage to brands and reputations. HPE’s recent technical brief SMB Security Can Be Difficult and Costly addresses these topics, and explains how HPE can help them reduce complexity and risk with the right security software, tools, and strategies.

Working against a formidable threat landscape

As any recent security survey will tell you, organizations of all sizes face a growing barrage of daily security incidents. At the same time, the variety of threats, and the risks they pose, keep increasing, as well. In a daily grind where IT struggles just to keep up, too many SMBs are forced to react to security alerts. Wouldn’t it be far less risky to proactively manage threats and address vulnerabilities? You bet!

To set this scene, the Forrester Research “2020 State of Security Operations” report makes some interesting points:

  • 79% of businesses have experienced a security breach in the last 12 months
  • Security teams face serious technology challenges arising from complex, siloed security tools
  • Today’s top 5 security threats by type are: ransomware, phishing, data leakage, hacking, and insider attacks
  • Though 83% of organizations have 24/7 security coverage, they still struggle to stay even with a rising tide of cyberattacks, each more severe than its predecessor
  • Most organizations must strain to handle typical daily volumes of security alerts

Why SMBs often come up short, security-wise

SMBs are more vulnerable to security problems than larger organizations, simply because low IT staffing levels are the norm. In addition, SMB IT staffers do everything—including security—as part of a “many hats” work routine, so security expertise may be absent, scarce, or overburdened. In fact, that’s the main reason SMBs usually work security in reactive mode.

Alas, this means SMBs could be in danger of suffering catastrophic damage or losses. The Ponemon Institute reports that the average cost of a 2020 data breach was $3.86M. For smaller operations, that kind of loss can bankrupt the business. And because some attacks—most notably, ransomware—can sideline an SMB until it recovers, the risks to business viability are stark and severe. SMBs also need security protection to fend off compliance, legal, and regulatory risks, because breaches of customer data can bring legal and financial penalties, compulsory audits and remediation, and fines or jail time in their wakes.

Most tellingly, slow response to a security attack or data breach can cost SMBs more than they’d like to lose. That’s because opportunity costs for lost business and productivity, repair, recovery, and related clean-up costs, and other consequences, gobble up funds mercilessly. Although good security may cost money and require human and technical resources to deliver, the cost of doing without is dire, and the cost of sub-standard security only slightly less so.

SMB-friendly security solutions from HPE

HPE has all the ingredients that SMBs need to switch over from reactive, static, and siloed security tools and methods to intelligent, adaptive security solutions. These solutions can close existing security gaps, while providing consistent, coherent security coverage across the whole business, at the edge, in the cloud, and on-premises.

HPE Financial Services offers three key sets of capabilities designed to put SMB security into proactive and pre-emptive postures:

  • Data-centric security: HPE uses proven, NIST-standards-compliant methods to protect data no matter whether it’s in use, at rest, or in motion (meets U.S. government and EU GDPR requirements). This technology combines strong encryption with tokenization to make stolen data useless to attackers.
  • Zero-trust security: HPE endorses this general approach to identity and access management and control. It starts from the assumption that no user or software action is allowed by default. All users, devices, applications, and API calls must prove their identities, and have access requests validated before requests can go through.
  • DevSecOps: HPE operates all aspects of security within a set of formal processes and procedures, designed to incorporate, validate, and check security concerns along the entire application development and delivery chain (design-build-test-deliver-maintain).
  • Trusted Supply Chain Initiative: HPE addresses security in its own product development and delivery. It’s based on a formally documented, frequently audited supply chain established to meet the needs of customers with high security requirements and usage scenarios. Examples include U.S. federal and public sector consumers who must buy U.S.-sourced products with certified cyber assurance.
  • Pointnext Consulting Services: HPE offers its Pointnext consulting services to help SMBs define, audit, and refine security strategies and implementations, from vetting security policy, to ensuring compliance, to integrating affordable and effective options for business continuity and disaster recovery as part of a comprehensive security posture. They can help with security blueprints upon which to base in-house designs and buildouts, or provide assistance in deploying them through test, pilot, and production phases.

Savvy SMBs make security pre-emptive and proactive

HPE stands ready to assist and enable its SMB customers to achieve the improvements in security posture, response time, and edge-to-cloud coverage. HPE can help you find the best way for your business to do what it needs to, at an affordable price, on comfortable terms.

Download the full brief, SMB Security Can Be Difficult (and Costly) to learn how HPE can help your organization establish and maintain operational security in the face of ever-increasing and more dangerous threats.


Meet our Compute Experts guest blogger Ed Tittel, technology writer/consultant

Ed Tittel.jpgEd is a 30-plus year veteran of the IT industry who writes regularly about cloud computing, networking, security and Windows topics. Perhaps best known as the creator of the Exam Cram series of certification prep books in the late 1990s, Ed writes and blogs regularly for GoCertify.com, Win10.Guru, ComputerWorld and other sites. 

 

 

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