With the growing range and frequency of cyber-attacks, the cost to businesses is rising.
Cisco's 2014 Annual Security Report paints a rather alarming picture. Cyber threats are growing 14% year-on-year. Despite this, there is an estimated shortfall of a million security professionals. Managing these threats with limited expertise is challenging and explains why businesses are turning to managed security providers for help.
The rise in managed security services
Dealing with today’s cyber threats requires a more proactive and sophisticated approach to improve detection and response times. This is where managed security services come in. With specialist expertise and 24/7/365 remote management tools, your IT security is proactively monitored around-the-clock.
Advantages of managed security services
1. Performance: The systems deployed by managed security service providers (MSSPs) allow them to cost-effectively monitor and manage your systems to improve threat detection and resolution. For small businesses, implementing these systems in-house is simply not feasible.
2. Analysis: MSSPs have the specialist expertise to not only secure your systems but to analyse trends to develop a deeper understanding of potential threats. These insights can then be applied across your entire network to improve reliability, security and performance. This holistic perspective is really important as security should be viewed as part of your wider IT strategy.
3. Patch Management: The aforementioned Cisco report highlights a key shortfall in patch management. Less than 40% of businesses believe they effectively manage their patch updates, despite their important preventative role. Patch updates repair vulnerabilities in operating systems, servers, desktops or applications and managed security service providers can add real value here by managing this process for you.
Rising management concern
IT security is growing in importance and is likely to remain on the agenda for the foreseeable future. Security has become the 2nd top management concern, according to the 2015 Society for Information Management IT Trends Study, up from 7th position last year.
Employing a managed security service provider can help address these concerns and effectively protect your business. As always, choosing the right provider is critical and our checklist for selecting an IT supplier can help guide you along the way. Would you like to know more about us and our expertise - click here