If you’re a reseller in the SMB Channel today, somewhere along the line you’ve supported or been asked to support a mobile device. Five years ago it was simply an annoyance for us in the SMB Channel. Today, your average end user has at least three devices they use every day to access their company networks and data: laptop, desktop, smart phone, tablet and home computer. To add to the mayhem, over 60% of small and mid-market companies globally allow their employees to use their own personal devices to access the company network. This phenomenon is known throughout the global Channel as Bring Your Own Device or BYOD.
So, why the hype around BYOD and security? The problem is that every device used to access the company network is a point through which malware can enter the network and has come to a point now where we must begin to formulate solutions for our end users to help protect them from themselves. But, the big challenge is in figuring out how to help our end users stay secure, while at the same time take advantage of the productivity increases that we all experience by being able to work anytime, anywhere and on any device.
First, let’s set the start here with some data that can help us understand why we cannot ignore the BYOD phenomenon any longer (find all of this data here in the Osterman Research White Paper, “The Cloud Advantage: Increased Security and Lower costs for SMBs.”)
- Malware is now part of a rapidly growing underground economy where multiple end points and social networking are used to reach large numbers of targets.
- During a typical month, 4.3% of end points become infected translating to 52% per year.
- Security violations are increasing over time
- IT reseller time spent remediating end points for a 100 person company costs on average $199 per month, or almost $2400 per year.
The potential impact on a small business is huge regarding data breach potential, lost productivity, network down time, and the high costs of eradicating malicious attacks after they’ve infected the network. And the potential cost to the IT Reseller, is huge too. Every moment your engineer has to spend cleaning infected end points costs you money and prevents you from focusing on higher margin activities.
As the client-cloud architecture is maturing, now is the perfect time to put the right tools and solutions together to protect the SMB network. But how do small businesses bring economies of scale to provide comprehensive, best in class, data protection and security when you have limited budget and resources?
Enter the Cloud. The key to keeping your end point’s secure is fast access to threat intelligence. You can rely on the cloud-client architecture of the Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ to enable faster access to threat intelligence and protection. The faster you can move to protect your end points, the more successful you’ll be at keeping your data safe. But what are best practices in providing the fastest protection to your end points while keeping overhead low and administrative time down? According to Osterman, the Cloud-client architecture and single vendor approach proves to be most efficient, most secure and most cost effective. This provides a significant reduction in managing security, cuts infection rates in half and leads to dramatic reductions in risk associated with data losses.
For example, according to Osterman:
- If the time spent on security could be halved, that would result in IT labor savings of about $20.67 per end user per year
- Cutting the endpoint infection rate in half would result in the IT labor cost of remediation going from $16.27 per user per year to about $8.00.
So, as you think about your available solutions, remember that the client-cloud architecture is key in providing the fastest access to security intelligence and the first and most critical step in reducing malicious attacks and outbreaks, reducing downtime, reducing cost and securing your company data.
To read more about protecting your end points while saving time and money, download the Osterman Research White Paper, “The Cloud Advantage: Increased Security and Lower costs for SMBs.”
To learn more about the cloud-client architecture of the Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ to enable faster access to threat intelligence and protection, go here.