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SMBs Need Least Privilege Too

Posted December 12, 2011    Peter McCalister

Depending on which area of information technology you hail from, SMB could mean System Management Bus, Server Message Block, or Small and Medium Business. For the purposes of today’s blog it is the latter.

Smaller companies seem to believe, on average, that they aren’t as susceptible to insider attacks and security breaches as large fortune 500 conglomerates. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Any company, regardless of size, that has confidential or sensitive data tucked away in information technology systems is at risk.

A recent Dark Reading article by contributing editor Ericka Chickowski titled “Top 10 Security Mistakes SMBs Make.” highlights this quite well. The article starts out with my favorite line “A lot of the cascading technical and process deficiencies at SMBs stem from the fundamental belief that security doesn’t matter because their firm is too small to worry about it.” and goes on to remind us that “First of all, on the compliance front SMBs are not likely to get a pass from regulators because their organization only has 10 employees.”

So, at least when it comes to security threats and potential compliance audit failures, size doesn’t matter and you should be evaluating a privilege identity management solution as quickly as possible.

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