Security breaches can impact companies in a variety of adverse ways. But when Yankee Group (registration required) surveyed small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs), unwanted aggravation came out on top of the list:
Sixty-eight percent of SMBs quantified their security issues from the last year only as a nuisance resulting in no real down time or inability to function as a business.
Meanwhile, vendors are tricking out their products to turn this aggravation into revenues. Aiming to reduce cost and complexity, products which combine multiple functions such as firewall, antispam, and antivirus are increasingly pitched to SMBs. Take for instance, Canadian-based Greencomputer Innovation (GCI), which just launched its new PowerElf II server appliance.
This box crams antispam, antivirus, content filtering, internet sharing, web/email services, print/file services, firewall, VPN, intrusion detection, and other functions in one pre-configured customizable device. Market researcher IDC actually had to come up with a new category for these