Most security technologies start as enterprise solutions and diverge into small- or medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Enterprises usually have the upperhand financially and have more human resources, so they can test new security solutions more effectively than a smaller group can. If there’s something wrong with the new technology, they have the money and staff to make changes and perfect their security system. But, according to Help Net Security that seems to be all changing now that certain technologies that SMBs have been implementing for years are just now starting to be integrated at the enterprise level.
Over the years, the security industry has had to come up with more efficient ways to handle new security breaches because threat actors can usually modify their attacks, making it hard for certain technologies to keep up. The solution was behavioral malware detection, which allowed systems to detonate malware and capture suspicious files that needed to be inspected. But this technology was costly and cumbersome, with its price often landing in the six-figure range, so enterprises, rather than SMBs, were really the only companies who could use it.
New developments are allowing SMBs access to security solutions that are just as effective but are cheaper and more user-friendly. Businesses with limited capital can find advanced malware protection services as a checkmark feature in most unified threat management (UTM) solutions or next-generation firewalls (NGFW), which protects them without breaking the bank. The cost-effective, easy-to-use nature of these new services are just now starting to catch the eyes of enterprises, even though they’ve been integrated into SMBs for five to ten years.
The reason these systems are so easy to use is largely thanks to consolidation. Enterprises have often shied away from consolidation because they would rather pick and choose their ideas of the best services than have one overarching method of protection. And since they already have large, trained staff, why would they need to consolidate? But most SMBs just have an IT person, and finding one that knows security is not always guaranteed. So they need a solution that doesn’t require human monitoring, where the software adapts on its own. Also, enterprise staff often fail to address incidents efficiently and correctly, so security automation becomes an elegant solution.