Guardz New Survey Reveals Cybersecurity Preparedness Gaps in SMEs

If SMEs reflect the trend seen in many businesses regarding cyber attacks, they may either underestimate the risk of being targeted by cybercriminals or over-rely on their antivirus software for comprehensive protection. However, technology’s swift and relentless transformation has sparked a pivotal shift. Cybersecurity is no longer an afterthought or a ‘nice-to-have.’ Today, it stands as a robust and key pillar of business continuity, particularly within the sphere of SMEs. And this transformation predicts a new digital security era that demands immediate attention.

That’s why we decided to dive headfirst into the numbers and get to the heart of the matter by asking 100s of SMEs to unearth the cybersecurity preparedness gap they are currently facing.

Here are some of the key findings:

57% of respondents said their business had been the target of a cybersecurity breach

It’s clear from our survey that cyber-attacks aren’t a rare occurrence. Over half of the surveyed SMEs reported experiencing a breach. This clearly indicates that cybersecurity should be at the forefront of business goals, regardless of industry or size.

44% of respondents believe their antivirus solution protects their business & employees

Antivirus software is essential, but it’s not the be-all and end-all solution. Our survey revealed that many respondents solely depended on their antivirus software for defense. Expanding cybersecurity measures to holistic solutions can ensure SMEs are protected from all angles

78% of respondents would be more likely to hire an MSP if they would handle both their cybersecurity protection and provide cyber insurance

Most businesses expressed a willingness to collaborate with MSP if they were promised comprehensive cybersecurity protection and cyber insurance. MSPs can provide all-around defense, keeping SMEs safe in the face of evolving threats.

These survey findings reinforce the critical and urgent need to prioritize cybersecurity preparedness within the MSP community,” said Dor Eisner, CEO and Co-Founder of Guardz.

Understandably, not all small business owners have the resources to obtain in-house cybersecurity experts – but that doesn’t mean these companies should be left in the lurch. There are immediate and proactive actions business owners can take to bolster their defenses in the face of growing threats, including working with MSPs who have the potential to not only offer comprehensive cybersecurity protection, but vital cyber insurance coverage as well,” he continued.

Placing emphasis on these alarming results allows us to highlight the reality of today’s digital threats and make cybersecurity a top priority within the business strategy.

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