I think we can all agree how scary running the technology for a business is these days with all the cyberattacks, hacks, ransomware, and other cybersecurity threats happening and how much they’ve increased over the past several years. What’s even more terrifying is how often we’re seeing companies ill prepared for these sorts of attacks
But how can a business best deal with these threats? One of the answers we’re finding great success with is to implement a comprehensive “managed” security program from an experienced IT security provider.
Simply put, managed security services (MSS), is an ongoing service program providing an added layer of protection comprised of various security components like user awareness training, dual factor authentication, encryption, security event and incident monitoring, as well as penetration and vulnerability testing - and is gaining more and more traction with clients these days. FPA’s Managed Security Service offering is designed to help your company significantly improve your security posture by implementing the key tools allowing us to detect and prevent security intrusions, events, and hacks, and recover quickly after a related event.
Globally, the managed security services market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.7% between 2017 and 2025 and is forecasted to top more than $18 billion in that time. As a professional IT service provider, this is encouraging to see because it means more companies are recognizing the dangers they face and are seeking to outsource their MSS services or work with a managed security services provider (MSSP), like FPA, that will meet their needs with professionalism, experience, knowledge, and care.
To help understand some of the benefits, here’s a list of 6 your business would experience from working with an MSSP:
1. Proactively Address Security Threats
We found that it’s always best to have a proactive approach to network security. This feat often presents a challenge for many organizations, regardless of their industry or size. For many small and midsize businesses (SMBs) in particular, they don’t have the in-house security processes and personnel to proficiently security their IT infrastructure.
FPA’s managed security services are designed to help prevent security events, detect and prevent intrusions and hacks, and to help you recover should an event occur. Our MSS portfolio includes services like:
- Managed Authentication
- Managed Dark Web ID Monitoring
- Managed Encryption
- Managed Firewall
- Managed Intrusion Detection & Intrusion Prevention Services (IDS/IPS)
- Managed Malware
- Managed Security Assessment
- Managed Security Information & Event Management (SIEM)
- Managed User Security Awareness Training
2. Enhance IT Performance
By outsourcing your services to an experienced professional MSSP, you are providing yourself with ‘round-the-clock cybersecurity and network monitoring that would otherwise be available primarily during business hours with in-house employees, or simply not at all.
FPA’s Security Operations Center (SOC) provides 24/7 managed security monitoring that are designed to ensure you have enhanced security without the trouble of hiring and training operational security personnel. Our experienced and certified professionals help clients to increase their security footprint and to ensure uptime of their networks. It becomes our responsibility to help reduce risks, decrease the number of incidents, and provide better protection for your digital assets and systems.
3. Decrease Security Costs
For a company to employ the same number of in-house operational security personnel as what they would receive by using on outsourced MSSP, it would cost significantly more in terms of salaries, benefits, and required training. While this may be possible for large organizations, many SMBs don’t have the resources to develop and maintain this type of team.
4. Have Access to Greater Resources
In addition to the benefit of having access to a larger team, your organization would benefit from the robust, increased resources and tools that are available to an MSSP. Unless your organization’s area of expertise is in IT and security services, most companies that specialize in other industries do not have the same level of access to these types of resources.
5. Increase Access to Talented Professionals
Many companies that have IT and security professionals feel the pressure that results from staff and resource shortages, as well as budget limitations. Using outsourced Managed Security Services helps to address the operational security shortcomings of many businesses by either supplementing an organization’s existing staff member or team or by serving as its dedicated team.
6. Focus on What Matters - Your Business
This is the beauty of partnering with a managed security service provider like FPA. We take to heart the concept of “business before technology” — meaning that our teams are trained to understand the needs of your business and industry so that you can focus your time, energy and resources on the success of your business.
Are you currently leveraging your own inhouse staff to drive your cyber security? Have you outsourced your cyber security needs to a Managed Security Service Provider? Or, is your organization’s security lacking? Please share your thoughts and insights around managed security services in the Comment box below or shoot me an email if you'd like to chat about this in more detail.