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Using results from Ovum's 2018/19 SoHo and SME Insights Survey, this report finds that security is now the No.1 technology challenge and No.1 spending priority for world SMEs.


  • Cybersecurity is the number one technology challenge and the top spending priority for SMEs worldwide.
  • Almost half of SMEs plan "higher" or "considerably higher" spending on security.

Features and Benefits

  • Learn what SMEs are planning to spend their money on in cybersecurity.
  • Identify the key buyers.

Key questions answered

  • What security products do SMEs actually want?
  • Which specializations within SMEs are the most security-conscious and therefore the right buyers to target?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for SMEs
  • Recommendations for SME technology suppliers

Cybersecurity: an overriding priority

  • Security investment priorities


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author