Trends Impacting The SMB IT Security Market

According to CompTIA’s 2015 IT Industry Outlook and Trends to Watch, the democratization of technology is creating new opportunities for small and medium businesses (SMBs) that are embracing digitalization, including cloud-based technologies, to improve processes, and save time and money. Of SMBs surveyed by CompTIA, 47 percent plan to increase technology expenditures in 2015, and 50 percent plan to invest in new products or lines of business.

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    As of October 1, liability for fraudulent payment card transactions shifts from card issuers to acquirers or merchants, with the least EMV-compliant party responsible for covering the amount of the transaction. And while many SMB merchants are researching what the shift would entail, many are still concerned about the costs involved.

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    SMBs have different purchasing habits than other market segments. According to a Cisco whitepaper for example, SMBs buy more bundled services than any other segment for reasons that include reliability, quality, integration, ease of doing business, and price. Knowing the ins and outs can be a challenge for VARs, MSPs, integrators, and software developers, but there is also a chance to differentiate yourself among your competitors by expertly addressing SMBs’ needs.

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