Why You Need An IT Partner On Your Side Imagine this: you become aware of a security vulnerability in your network or IT infrastructure. If you don’t patch and update the system or application right away, it could significantly increase your risk of an attack. Does your organization have a plan in place and a designated person or team to fix this right away? Or is that something you’ve never thought of before? Either way, it’s imperative that you have a process in place to quickly and effectively resolve such issues. Data breaches and cyberattacks happen all the time, and if you aren’t prepared for them, they can leave a drastic impact on your organization. What can you do to be prepared and proactive about defending your organization? One way is to have a partner that understands data security from all facets of your business and network, including technology with in the building, such as your local network, switches, workstations, and firewalls, and those outside the building, such as cloud and internet services. Reasons for a Partner Pro-active management of a company’s data platform is an excellent solution to the threat of cybersecurity failures, and keeps you and your organization focused on your day-to-day operations. In pro-active management, an IT partner consistently monitors the platforms and applications you use to run your business on a daily basis. This includes cloud and hosted services. To do this, many IT partners will use Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), which is an effective strategy that delivers a centralized view of all network data. From that data, it can identify any threats and track them throughout your organization’s system. SIEM consolidates all logs and provides a clearer picture of what’s happening in your network. Fortunately, SIEM isn’t something that you have to handle on your own. Managed security service providers (MSSP), offer 24/7 security monitoring that’s affordable and effective. These services let you know right away when security incidents occur, and include log monitoring reports and network analytics, to help you see exactly what’s going on in your organization’s network. Data from CompTIA backs up this type of partner approach, as they revealed the top reason that organizations look to outsource their technology needs is to improve their security. Additional research shows that 64 percent of organizations are looking to revamp their security infrastructure. To protect your data, IT partners can also implement a defense in depth approach, which properly secures your network by constructing a layered security approach through segmentation. Think of it like an onion: there are many security layers that keep peeling back to eventually reveal the core. These layers could include technology services such as anti-virus, firewall protection, network monitoring, wireless security, encryption, and Unified Threat Management solutions. Having a plan in place for patching applications and operations systems and handling breaches is essential. Of course, no one can eliminate all threats to your company or your data, but finding a reliable IT partner is a great strategy to make sure that vulnerabilities don’t impact your business and reputation. Would your organization benefit from an IT partner? Ben Killion Ben Killion is an Account Executive at Aureon, where he is a relationship builder, strategic customer advocate, and results-oriented professional. Ben has been working in the technology industry for seven years, focusing on leveraging technology to help clients meet their business goals.