IT leaders already have a lot to handle day-in, day-out, and that workload is only going to increase. Tacking another series of tasks on your to-do list probably isn’t the best option.
What you need is a group of IT experts who will work as an extension of your team and take care of what you don’t have the time or resources for. If that’s cyber security, a managed security service provider (MSSP) is your best option for protecting your organization.
Acting as an extension of your internal team, these security and IT service providers will take a holistic approach to your organization’s cyber security stature, and you will be afforded numerous benefits from partnering with them—we’ve detailed four of them below.
Proactive, not Reactive, Approach to Defending Your Organization
If your daily schedule is filled with a never-ending stream of requests from staff, you’re stuck in a reactive, break-fix loop, and it’s costing you and your organization considerable time and money. Those broken printers, faulty Internet connections, and sluggish computers are not just keeping you bogged down. They could also be signs of larger problems—perhaps even cyber security issues for the entire company.
What you need in this case, instead of merely reacting to issues as they occur, is the proactive approach of managed IT security. They have solutions that can complete automated scans of your systems, alerting you of potential problems before they become major disruptions. An MSSP can alert you to things like missing security updates and even predict hardware failures.
Significant Resources & Expert Updates
Sometimes, solving cyber security issues takes the effort of an entire team, but you’re just one IT person.
If you’re having trouble keeping up with the latest trends and the changing threat landscape, it becomes difficult to know what to look for when you’re researching potential resolutions. MSSPs provide additional resources in a variety of ways.
Whether it’s through their blog or eBooks, webinars and whitepapers—or even email announcements for immediate updates, your managed security service provider will ensure that you know the latest about the technology keeping your organization operational.
Real Time Support in a Fraction of the Time
Security breaches are costly, and you have to be conscious of “when” it could happen to your organization, not “if.” Cyber crime is only going to increase, and you need real-time response plans in place should a breach occur. Without one, your business risks increased downtime and lasting impacts on its reputation in the community.
IT security providers react promptly to security alerts, and they have specific incident response plans in place should anything go awry. They will also evaluate the incident from every angle to find the best way to resolve it, so you can get on the road to recovery without prolonged periods of downtime.
Reduce Your Organization’s Risk Levels
No matter what industry you’re in, every business faces some degree of cyber security threat—and the danger is higher than you think, even for SMBs. Your company needs an optimized cyber security strategy, but creating one takes a lot of time you don’t have.
IT security service providers can help you create and manage that strategy, so you no longer have to test tools, complete training that you don’t need or even worry about overlooking angles of your IT security stack. They will examine every aspect of your setup including your systems, networks, applications and transmissions.
Working with an MSSP will ensure that your cyber security strategy is buttoned up tight. And, you’ll reap even more benefits than the four listed above.
To learn more about the benefits of partnering with a managed security service provider, check out our all new guidebook, Don’t Sweat IT! An IT Manager’s Guide to Buttoning Up Cyber Security: Simple Ways to Make Your Life Easier. Inside, we also detail a dozen specific security solutions your organization needs to implement as part of an optimal, layered security strategy.
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