Business owners who are unwilling to take the risk of settling for a one size fits all approach to protecting their vital network assets will want to choose a managed security services provider carefully. In particular, they should look for one that is dedicated to customizing a secure and protected environment and to maintaining the security of critical network assets by protecting them from the relentless threats and attacks that occur on a daily basis.
Why is a reliable managed security services provider such an important investment for businesses of all sizes? Because security threats from both internal and external sources, if left unmanaged, pose a serious risk to the viability of business performance and continuity.
In addition to unparalleled service, a top-tier managed security services provider offers peace of mind with risk mitigation, improved network visibility via round-the-clock monitoring, superior network performance, greater uptime, improved utilization, the flexibility that comes from being able to extend precious IT resources to the strategic projects that require them most, the ability to easier manage one’s network, lowered network maintenance expenses and resolution of system issues proactively so they don’t escalate to the point where they interfere with crucial operations.
The website CIO Zone, the online network for IT leadership, recently offered some predictions for 2013 regarding IT security and it anticipates that security surrounding cloud computing will be big in the upcoming year. That’s because cloud computing is expanding at such a rate that businesses can’t keep pace with it. As a result, achieving appropriate security for it is going to prove challenging. That’s where a relationship with a managed security services provider becomes invaluable.
A concept known as bring your own device (BYOD for short) in which employees bring their own computing devices (laptops, tablet PCs, smartphones) to the workplace and hook up to the corporate network, in particular, is driving security managed services. IT managers must balance “security and support concerns with the very real potential to reap significant cost and productivity benefits from trends such as BYOD,” the site explains. And, “CIOs have concluded that mobility needs to extend well beyond BYOD to include the integration of service provider mobility, enterprise mobility, security, collaboration and desktop virtualization solutions.”
Small and mid-size businesses will be especially vulnerable to unmanaged security threats from both the inside and outside as more non-network devices are hooked up to their systems. In an article titled “Small Business Thwarted by Mobile Security Concerns,” MSPmentor, the ultimate guide to managed services, explains, “Concerns about web security are impeding small business and mid-sized businesses from enjoying the full benefits mobile computing and remote workers can offer.”
That’s the finding of an e-security survey of IT professionals. What is unclear is whether those businesses that are opting not to allow their employees to connect to their networks via laptop “have a formal mobile device management plan in place.” With the right managed security services provider on their side, every business, regardless of size, can take advantage of all the cost-saving and morale-boosting perks BYOD has to offer.
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