Regardless of your industry, making your network security as effective as possible is imperative to the safety of your business’ data (and that of your clients who trust you). Having a healthy and secure network is one sign that your organization or business is trustworthy and reliable. It shows your current and prospective customers and partners that you care and take the safety of their information and data seriously, protecting it by whatever IT security means necessary.
The overall health of your network’s security posture can generally be measured on a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 being “insecure” and 100 being “fully secure.” Keep in mind, however, that no one can truly be at 100 because there is no way to defend against 100% of all cyber attacks.
So ask yourself: What does the health of your security network say about you and your organization?
Being Proactive about Network Security Shows Your Quality
Maintaining a healthy and secure network speaks volumes about the quality and caliber of your organization.
Running an insecure network can cast a shadow of doubt on your organization in the eyes of existing clients — as well as prospective ones. However, while it may be counterintuitive, it’s astounding just how many businesses choose to be reactive in their approach to network security rather than proactive. They elect to only respond to threats when they arise rather than doing something in advance to help prevent them (or at least mitigate the risk of being susceptible to them) in the future.
As such, this means that some businesses choose the “Web MD” approach to their network health assessment. They use their in-house IT staff — people who are frequently overwhelmed or lack resources — to try to assess and handle their network health and security issues. But, considering that many businesses lack the necessary resources in terms of technology, time, and manpower, they may not be as effective as their organizations need them to be.
Changing Your Mindset from Reactive to Proactive
Finding a high-quality managed IT network security provider to assess and handle your network health concerns is much like finding a knowledgeable and proactive healthcare provider. Would you want a doctor who merely treats the symptoms of health issues, or would you rather go to someone who looks to the underlying causes and recommends changes you can implement to prevent them in the future?
One way to show the caliber of your security network is to run a network health assessment. Although this tool is frequently used to evaluate the overall network health and the quality of your IT services, it can provide some useful insights into your overall network security as well. This, particularly in conjunction with network penetration testing, is a great way to start to improve network security.
As a leading managed security services provider (MSSP) for organizations in the greater Los Angeles area, FPA’s managed security services (MSS) are designed to detect and prevent intrusions, as well as help your employees prevent security events by learning about security threats so they don’t fall prey to attacks. Our security services include:
- 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
It Shows You View Network Security as a Valuable Resource
Although some businesses choose to have IT network security functions performed in-house, many have realized the cost-effectiveness and advantageousness of using a managed security services provider. When you invest in an experienced and knowledgeable MSSP, you’re showing that your network security is something you value as a resource rather than a cost that “drains” your organization’s budget.
Investing in and improving your security network shows you not only “talk the talk” when it comes to IT network security, but you also “walk the walk.” In fact, more businesses are starting to recognize the value of an MSSP. The managed security services market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.7% globally through 2025, in which time it is forecasted to top more than $18 billion.
At FPA, it’s one of our goals to help your organization improve its network security by managing the day-to-day functions through a strategic and holistic approach rather than merely reacting to situations at the symptom level. Unlike other MSSPs, we implement security network support from a business perspective, helping us to live up to our beloved phrase of “Business Before TechnologyTM.”
What are some of the ways you try to improve network security at your organization? And, what do you think your network security health says about you? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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