Why You Need An IT Partner On Your Side
Finding a reliable IT service partner can help ensure that data breaches and cyberattacks don't impact your business and reputation.
Articles published June 20, 2019 by Ben Killion
Imagine this: you become aware of a security vulnerability in your business 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.
If this situation were to occur, does your organization have a business continuity plan in place and a designated person or team to fix the issue 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 security issues. Data breaches and cyberattacks happen all the time, and if you aren’t prepared for them, they can have a drastic impact on your organization. How drastic? A report by the Statista Research Department found that in 2018 the average cost to businesses affected by a data breach in the United States amounted to 7.91 million dollars.
So what can you do to be prepared and proactive about defending your organization from a costly breach? One way is to have an IT partner that understands data security from all facets of your business and network, including technology within the building, such as your local network, switches, workstations, and firewalls, as well as those outside the building, such as cloud and internet services.
Reasons for an IT Partner
According to a 2019 report by Spiceworks, organizations are spending nearly 25% of their IT budget on managed service solutions, and with good reason. Proactive 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. With proactive management, an IT service 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 monitoring, 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.
IT Partners Enhance Security
To protect your data, IT partners can also implement an in-depth defense, 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?