Protect your Small Business with Managed Security Services

Posted: February 7, 2024

Security threats are unfortunately common in the business world of today, and these threats are only getting more sophisticated. In response, more businesses and companies are turning to IT security professionals to help protect them. We’ll outline what managed security services are and specifically, what tools can be incorporated into a business’ IT strategy.

In response to increased ransomware and Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks, Managed Service Providers began rolling out more robust security services in addition to their network services and IT consulting. While this wasn’t anything new, quite a few of these providers began to focus all of their efforts on providing advanced security services to fight back against the IT issues and threats coming in and disrupting business operations.

What are Managed Security Services?

Managed Security Services refers to the outsourcing of security functions and responsibilities to a third-party service provider, known as a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP). Organizations opt for managed security services to enhance their overall security posture and mitigate cybersecurity risks. Typically, MSSPs have more expertise in cybersecurity and are committed exclusively to protecting your business from the variety of threats that could influence it. The MSSP will leverage highly sophisticated security tools to prevent threats from getting in, before promptly eliminating them.

Typical services that an MSSP offers usually include:

  • Endpoint protection
  • Managed Detection and Response (MDR)
  • Threat intelligence (now AI-powered)
  • Vulnerability management
  • Managed Identity and Access Management
  • Managed Encryption (Virtual Private Networks)
  • Managed Firewall and intrusion prevention
  • Security awareness training
  • Compliance management
  • Advanced security reporting

Why Outsource your Security?

Outsourcing your IT security makes sense for quite a few reasons. Not only is it a way to ensure that you always have access to comprehensive support, leveraging a MSSP or MSP can allow you to access a team of technology professionals, 24/7 monitoring and implement solutions that may have been challenging to adopt independently. Both third-parties deploy proactive, multi-layered security approaches that allows businesses to focus on their core business activities while maintaining a robust security posture. Securing your business is now necessary and for many, outsourcing this responsibility is the most effective option. Do you need a custom security solution for your business? Let us know!

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