The Role of a Managed Service Provider in Cyber Security
In this day and age, it’s important for a business to focus on how to keep sensitive data safe. Companies are seeing first-hand how network security is a moving target. They’re witnessing the importance of constantly monitoring and maintaining computer systems to ensure smooth business operations. But this task may be too daunting for some companies. Especially the small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) due to their financial or skill limitations. This problem of business efficiency and security can be solved through a managed service provider.
What is a Managed Service Provider?
A Managed Service Provider (MSP) is a company that is hired to manage and maintain a business’ network and infrastructure so an organization can focus on their core responsibilities. A business may outsource their IT infrastructure or part of their operations to an MSP based on predefined guidelines and a wide range of responsibilities with an expected goal to reach. Depending on the service offered, a hired MSP may be responsible for improving hardware and network performance. In addition, other services included for a MSP are protection from cyber attacks and/or security breaches, managing online backups and always checking for system breakdowns.
Advantages of Hiring MSPs
There are many reasons some organizations have embraced MSPs, some of them are discussed below:
Business Focus: This is one of the most highly desired reasons for securing the services of an MSP. MSPs can take on IT management. When an MSP is managing security for a company, this creates more room for growth. A business can focus on research, innovation and development which then improves productivity.
Cost-Effective: Building a full in-house team of IT experts can cost a lot of money. A full in-house IT team will require additional spending on continuous training for staff members and new hires. MSPs help reduce these type of costs. In some cases, the cost is smaller and will not break off such a large part of a company’s total budget. Hiring a team of security professionals will help bring costs down.
Regulation and Compliance: Many technical aspects of a company are regulated because they deal with user data and hence must comply with privacy laws. Many of these laws change over time requiring careful monitoring and updates. An MSP can help a company process and report such evolving compliance requirements.
Efficient Scalability: For cost and time reasons, scalability may be difficult to achieve without bringing in external help. When demand rises as they usually do in a growing business, an MSP can help to efficiently distribute the IT workload. An MSP can provide on-demand access to extra resources so business operations are not disrupted by growth.
Types of MSP Services
Many services are offered by MSPs, here’s a few types:
Managed Helpdesk: A managed helpdesk service combines all the conveniences of an in-house IT department without having the additional expense. And there is no hassle of hiring an IT staff. A managed helpdesk will provide support for a company’s existing staff while offering onsite and remote support. When other IT problems arise, they are promptly handled.
Managed Maintenance: Without maintenance, an IT system becomes vulnerable. This service allows for the monitoring of security software and IT infrastructures. This keeps computer systems active and ensures business continuity. Maintenance also includes staying up to date on regular security requirements which will prevent the risk of cyber incidents.
Managed Procurement: Shopping for new devices or software is challenging even on a personal level. Businesses can benefit from external help to find the best devices and software to achieve specific goals. From product research to delivery, each step is time-intensive and can be well managed by an MSP.
Cyber Security and Managed Service Provider
Some businesses have used MSPs for acquiring technology and maintaining infrastructures in the past. With the increased amount of cyber attacks against organizations, MSPs are becoming a top choice for providing protection of sensitive information. From web attacks to phishing and malware infection, an MSP can protect businesses from various threats.
MSPs for cyber security can help businesses achieve the following:
Proactive Protection: Dedicated teams of IT experts are constantly monitoring where your company’s critical information is stored. A MSPs’ cyber security service can give businesses a peace of mind with regards to their data and networks. MSPs can provide multiple layers of threat prevention, minimizing attack risks, identity theft and seeing off potential breaches. Being proactive may be the difference between a secured business and one waiting to be exploited by attackers.
Continuous Update: Another aspect of security is software and system update. MSPs are trained to understand its importance and ensure that updates never lag to prevent attacks due to newly discovered software or OS loopholes.
Business Continuity: An important goal of cyber security is business continuity. An MSP can identify and fix weak spots while also responding quickly in case of a breach to minimize damage. All the while, your business will maintain operations and still be running smoothly.
Knowledge Transfer: MSPs have specialized knowledge and are familiar with the latest threats and prevention techniques. They can help a business become more secure by drawing up security policies for organizations. The policies may include measures to prevent breaches due to human errors. In addition, a MSP can help implement and provide employee security training sessions. This will help employee’s have a better understanding of what to watch for in case they become a target of a cyber attack.
MSPs can protect business’ assets and block vulnerability that might lead to severe and costly attacks. However, all managed service providers are not equal, thus if an organization needs specific MSP services, they can be designed based on their particular business needs. Necessary resources can be provided to carry out security plans with consistency and precision. To learn more about SDTEK’s managed services please visit: https://www.sdtek.net/managetek/ or for questions you may contact us by clicking HERE.