Computer security isn’t easy, and if your business hasn’t been hit, you may have just been lucky. In many fields, security audits are necessary to prove you’re complying with laws and regulations. If you manage personal health-related information, you could be subject to the HIPAA and HI TECH laws. Public corporations are subject to the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) act, which requires auditing of internal financial security risks, including data management. Inadequate data protection can lead to the double whammy of stolen or destroyed information and fines.
Ransomware is one of the fastest-growing threats. This type of attack locks up all the files on your computers, requiring you to pay money through an anonymous channel to get them restored. Some institutions have paid over $10,000 in extorted money to recover.
While larger businesses may be able to manage a full-time staff of security experts, it’s not a cost-effective option for smaller ones. A better approach is to hire a company that specializes in IT issues to manage data security.
Keeping up with security threats is an ongoing task. New issues keep arising, and developers come up with new countermeasures. Risks can turn up in ways that you wouldn’t expect. It’s a task for a specialist, not for someone who’s already trying to handle three jobs.
MSP (Managed Service Providers) offer constant monitoring of your network, day and night, detecting any suspicious indicators quickly. They scan for vulnerabilities and run controlled penetration tests, finding weak spots without doing the damage a real attack would do.
You never know when someone will attack your business through the Internet. The people who do these things don’t care much who they go after. They just look for vulnerabilities till they find one. You have to be prepared.
Security is just one part of the managed services which we offer. We provide comprehensive IT services, including consulting, disaster recovery, and general system management. To find out more, please contact us.