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Cheapskate SMBs dodge buying security software




Cheapskate SMBs dodge buying security software
Cheapskate SMBs dodge buying security software



http://news.techworld.com/security/3202905/cheapskate-smbs-dodge-buying-security-software/ 

By John E. Dunn 
Techworld
29 September 09

Many UK SMBs probably spend as much re-filling the communal water cooler 
as they do buying security software, a global survey of the sector has 
found.

If that sounds outlandish, consider the extraordinary figures uncovered 
by security software company PandaLabs, which surveyed 7,500 companies 
in the sector across 16 countries, including the UK, the US and Germany.

Twenty-two percent of US SMBs (defined as businesses with between 1 and 
400 seats) spend more than $1,500 (approx 1,000 euros) per annum on 
security software. Looking at the 389 SMBs questioned from the UK, the 
number spending over the same sum was an unfathomably low 2 percent.

In fact, UK SMBs are the lowest spenders on security software in the 
world, half coughing up less than 300 (approx 290 euros) per annum, and 
38 percent barely reaching the 100 mark. Some of this can be explained 
by the fact 67 percent of the UK companies reported having fewer than 10 
employees, but even so the numbers take some explaining.

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