Managed security service providers

Managed Security Service Providers for Law Firms – Do You Need One?

October 31, 2017

Cyber attacks are on the increase. In fact, according to Newsweek, ransomware attacks saw a rise of 250% during the first few months in 2017. Ransomware can attack both computers and mobile devices. These attacks not only lead to data loss, downtime, and lost productivity, but also the cost of the ransom, which when paid, does not always result in the return of files.

Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity, and Managed Services Providers

As more law firms are relying on cloud computing, an increasing number are also using cloud-based software solutions. Cloud computing is based on the sharing of resources and most cloud providers provide a pay-as-you-go payment model. This results in an affordable way for even small businesses to increase efficiency and also become more competitive.

But what about cybersecurity you ask?

Rather than building IT resources and hiring IT staff with security expertise, working with a managed security service provider (MSSP) is a fast and easy way for small businesses to implement a security program.

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Finding the Right MSSP

Data breaches have become commonplace. In 2017 alone we’ve been alerted to data breaches of various hotel groups, fast food restaurants, healthcare groups, retail stores, universities, realtor groups, and even a major credit agency.

It’s not surprising that law firms are partnering with MSSPs to protect their data – but how can you choose an MSSP that will meet the needs of your law firm?

As with any business decision, choosing a managed service provider should not be taken lightly. Here’s a list of things to keep in mind:

  • Research the company’s reputation and get references.
  • The MSSP should employ highly trained security professionals.
  • The MSSP should have a clear understanding of your needs.
  • The MSSP should take a holistic approach to protecting your data.
  • A service level agreement (SLA) is a must. What are your responsibilities and what are those of the provider? Get it in writing.
  • Reports should be provided to keep you updated on your managed services.
  • Services provided should be a collaborative effort between you and the provider.
  • Services should be scalable – make sure your provider can scale down as well as up.
  • Ask about assessments or security audits.
  • Even with a security platform in place, breaches can still happen. Find out how the provider handles breaches.
  • Ask about response and recovery policies.
  • Cyber attacks change. Ask how the MSSP will keep up with new threats and risks that may relate to your business.
  • Go with your instinct. Don’t settle. If a provider does not seem like a good fit, keep researching.

The Bottom Line

The reality is that cybersecurity cannot be ignored. Partnering with a managed service provider is a great way to ensure that your data is protected by multi-layer security systems. And that encrypted data can be exchanged securely via a network that is monitored 24 hours each day, 365 days a year.

Take the time to find the right managed service provider that can provide expert guidance in everything from security protocols to backup and recovery solutions. Contact TOSS C3 to learn more about cybersecurity and how our monthly subscriptions can protect your firm.

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