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May 9, 2019
Even with the abundance of security software out there, the cybercrime industry has ballooned to the point where it’s almost impossible for small businesses to keep up. It’s not enough to focus just on your work anymore, you need to always keep one eye on your cyber defense or you will end up with a headline of your own.
Check out these headlines from just last year:
March 28, 2018: City of Atlanta still crippled six days after ransomware attack.
January 17, 2018: US hospital pays $55,000 to hackers after ransomware attack.
February 22, 2018: One in 5 law firms hacked last year.
The best solution for these businesses who don’t have the know-how or the manpower to effectively stave off cyber criminals at all times is to, well, hire someone else to do it!
Security as a Service
Security-as-a-service (SaaS) basically means that a managed service provider will oversee your IT network for you. A team of proven engineers will keep your network updated and secure while also educating your employees about cyber security in terms they can understand, not “geek speak”.
There are a myriad of different services these outsourcing companies can do for you. These include firewall management, anti-ransomware and anti-malware, dark web scanning, encryption, network access control, and much more.
If you’re worried about cost, don’t be! Managed service providers know that small businesses count on them for cyber security, so they price their services accordingly. If you were to purchase the security software yourself, you would find that many software developers only have enterprise-level companies in mind so their bundles are astronomically expensive. A good MSP will offer the same services at a much more affordable rate.
How it Works
A typical service level agreement between your business and the managed service provider offers the client a monthly budget-friendly line item. Standard offerings included in these agreements are monitoring, management, and reporting under a monthly subscription service.
Be sure to do your research on the MSP before signing a contract with them, and also the specific services you want your business to take advantage of. Ask the MSP to explain everything in plain English, not technical jargon, so you can fully understand what they will be doing for you. If they are unable to or refuse, that’s a telltale sign that the MSP isn’t trustworthy or does shoddy work.
Another perk of this option is that you won’t have to install any on-premise hardware onto your existing IT infrastructure. Your web traffic is just rerouted to the company you choose to work with, and from there it will be scanned for threats.
For more information on how a managed service provider can protect your business and give you peace of mind, check out the TOSS C3 website and call us anytime at 1-888-884-8677.
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