Cybersecurity is one of the most important components these days in running a business of any size. With the quickly evolving work environment, most work today is done on a digital level requiring employees to use at least one device for work.
While Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies have increased productivity, they have also increased the risk of cyberthreats. More work is done on-the-go, and employees need ways to access the network from home and on their devices as well.
There is a lot of work that goes into securing a business, and it’s important that every business have a cybersecurity plan in place. A Managed Services Provider (MSP) will work with your business in crafting a plan that fits your budget, and then implementing that plan using an array of technologies and knowledge. The security policies are simply endless with MSPs.
The best part: Your business will save money by moving away from a break-fix model.
Some of the services an MSP can provide include:
Round-the-clock Monitoring and Support
One of the best parts about working with an MSP is that your technology will be remotely managed and monitored 24/7. Data centers and even cloud service platforms can be hacked by cybercriminals, but an MSP will be there to ensure your business isn’t vulnerable to attacks.
Any issues or irregularities are handled by the MSP, which means you never have to worry about them. An MSP will ensure that your business is using the correct technology, such as firewalls, software applications, anti-virus and anti-spam tools. An MSP will also make sure that your technology infrastructure is sound and up-to-date.
When it comes to BYOD (as mentioned above), it’s important to have security policies in place that protect the business from cyber attacks that may come from an employee’s device, such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc.
A BYOD policy allows employees to gain access to sensitive data, as well as keep sensitive documents and information on their devices, so it’s important to ensure all precautions are taken.
One of the best ways to make sure your team members are working safely is through Mobile Device Management. An MSP will work with you to craft an MDM solution that allows your business to retain all the benefits of a BYOD policy without the worry of security threats.
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a way to add an extra layer of security in your environment by requiring multiple methods to confirm an employee’s identity. It typically requires your username and password, as well as another way to authenticate, which can be things like bio metrics, fingerprint, one-time passcodes, etc. This will verify the identity of the employee before they even gain access to the network.
MSPs can provide the latest and greatest in the way of MFA tools and services.
Security Awareness Training
Security Awareness Training is just one of the many services an MSP can provide to a business. Phishing attacks are more common than ever before and will only continue to increase. Studies have consistently shown that employees are the most vulnerable access points for cyber criminals, and it’s important to keep your team educated on how to spot email phishing and how to address it.
An MSP can offer on-demand training for employees and show them various methods for identifying phishing emails. This is another important line of defense when keeping your business secure.
It should be a priority for every business, regardless of size, to implement sound cyber security policies. Working with an MSP can give you all the tools you need to stay up-to-date and secure, without any of the headaches that come with it.