Cybersecurity is a challenge for everyone. Even the State of Connecticut is struggling to keep up. And when it comes to the central role that modern technology plays in your company’s environment, it could be challenging to stay relevant and competitive if you don’t have the right mix of IT solutions on your side.
More importantly, organizations with limited staff and low budget could lag behind in security management. While many businesses may likely have a checklist of security actions they mean to get around to, other priorities could get in the way.
As IT and security professionals struggle with internal resource shortages, complex technologies, concerns about data theft, ransomware, and other cybersecurity threats, many companies turn to a professional managed IT services provider (MSP) to take care of these things for them.
A managed security services provider allows you to focus on running your business while trained professionals take care of protecting you and your employees from digital threats. For many businesses, managed security services is the answer and it boils down to these fundamental benefits:
24/7 monitoring and proactive security
Although it may sound like a pipedream, small- to medium-sized businesses can afford specialized, up-to-date security technology and teams of security experts who can immediately respond in real-time to any attack on valuable company data. MSPs also provide round-the-clock monitoring and management of security devices and systems. This includes managed firewalls, intrusion detection systems, virtual private networks (VPN), vulnerability scanning, and antivirus software.
Reduced security costs
Managed security services decrease costs associated with managing infrastructure in-house and enable a more flexible approach to cybersecurity by installing scalable technologies that can adjust to your company’s ever-changing needs. Security awareness training usually amounts to a couple hours of downtime for each of your employees which could cost you, but it results in the biggest reduction of the likelihood of a malware infection. Remember, your employees are considered the weakest link in your business so it’s best to address this gap through investing in proper training.
Better compliance, improved reputation
Bringing in cybersecurity experts ensures your business is adhering to all compliance requirements with legal and regulatory frameworks. As we saw in the summer of 2018 with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), new compliance requirements can come unexpectedly and from almost anywhere. Being agile enough to meet these obligations with minimal changes increases customer loyalty, stakeholder value, and your brand reputation.
Access to greater resources
Whether you need help destroying hard drives properly or upgrading your network, a managed security service provider can recommend and provide upgrades to your IT infrastructure. Additionally, your company would benefit from the robust resources and tools that are available to MSPs.
Focus on your business
Concentrate on other important functions across your business. With constantly evolving technologies and attack techniques, security becomes a moving target and your business could be exposed to new risks every day. By partnering with a managed security provider that offers proven processes and experienced professionals, you can save your business from potential threats and focus your time, energy, and resources on the growth and success of your business.
Want to maximize your IT investments? Charles IT offers Managed Security solutions that equip your business with real-time protection, firewalls, VPNs, and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS). We also provide a number of other customized security solutions to fit your needs. Give us a call today and we’d be happy to answer any of your questions.