SMB Security Spend Projected at $291mn in 2009

by CXOtoday Staff    Jul 30, 2009

Small and medium businesses in India are projected to spend US$291 million on security-related investments in 2009, according to a study by Access Markets International (AMI) Partners.

Data explosion, electronic threats and increased usage of web-based solutions are some of the triggers for the adoption of security solutions by India SMBs, said Abhilash DB, an analyst at AMI-Partners. Indian SMBs are realizing that data security is not just adopting security solutions, but formulating structured policies is also a critical factor.

The AMI study notes that SMBs are the most vulnerable segment in terms of data security for two reasons: the increasing instances of cyber threats and a lack of expertise among SMBs in handling such threats.

Security software accounts for 73% of the total SMB security expenditure with bulk of this amount spent on antivirus software.

The dependence on web-based enterprise solutions and sharing of critical data on corporate networks is rising rapidly among MBs. Even for basic security solutions, upper segment MBs (500 to 999 employees) lead the way in terms of technology adoption. Adoption of network firewall and IDS/IPS shows significant growth among businesses in this category.

On one hand the growth rate of traditional security solutions such as antivirus is falling; on the other hand, anti-spyware and anti-spam solutions will record growth rates of nearly 26% among Indian SMBs this year, the study notes.

As per the study, manufacturing is increasingly becoming one of the most data-intensive verticals; security managers of these firms are concerned about the possibility of data leakage of process information, product design, shipping transactions, and inventory and customer details.

Information security investments are also increasing in the micro-verticals involved in accounting, auditing and book keeping, advertising and PR, research consulting, computer and data processing and legal services.

Managed security services (MSS) is one of the key trends in the SMB security space. The AMI study says that the market for managed security services is expected to grow at approximately 21% this year. But the main challenge of service providers will be to convince SMBs to trust external organizations to handle their internal security. AMI foresees a greater traction in this space once SMBs start realizing that security is better managed by MSS providers than the generalists in their IT department.

Another trend is the increasing adoption of unified threat management (UTM); traction will increase as more SMBs look for a proactive and unified approach to securing IT infrastructure, the AMI study says.