Smaller and Medium size businesses are increasingly turning to software as a service (SaaS) for their IT needs, mainly in part to lack of skills and security concerns.

When SaaS was first introduced over 14 years ago, it was only used for filtering emails. However, because of increasing browser-based attacks and greater user mobility, it could soon become a mainstream approach to security in general.

Vulnerability scanning, identity and log management, distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection and end-point security are all growing services, according to Forrester Research, which predicts that SaaS will have a big part to play in this growth.

The move to cloud is likely to be accelerated by the growing importance placed on IT security, which is more of a priority now than it has ever been.

In particular, small businesses are finding it more and more difficult to organise their own IT security due to a shortage of staff and associated high costs, which is why many of them turn to cloud services for support.

Due to the diversity and competitiveness of SaaS IT security, organisations are looking beyond traditional security service providers to those that have a specialised knowledge of SaaS security services in order to utilise the latest technologies. This in turn has made the BIG security firms to also rethink their business models and strategies sooner rather than later.

Data security also remains a top priority for IT security professionals, fuelled by the continuing number of cases of large customer data leaks and the high-profile activities of WikiLeaks.

In summary, SMEs need more security yet lack the staff and resources to deliver it. SaaS Security, combined with the reseller channel’s ability to advise and manage a customer’s environment, is the perfect combination and solution for both the end customer and the reseller – enabling both to succeed and benefit. I can only see this market going from strength to strength in all industries where IT and security are core to a businesses growth model.

Author: Mawdud Choudhury, Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Universal System Technologies (UST), Brunei Darussalam.

 

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