An MSSP is a Managed Security Services Partner. MSSPs are responsible for Identifying and remediating threats, and for protecting your environment 24/7. Some of managed services include: Log Management, Vulnerability and Remediation Management, Data Protection Services, and Firewall Management. If you are unsure whether your organization could utilize the services of an MSSP, here are 5 signs that you should invest in an MSSP.
Your IT Security Staff is Overwhelmed
In many cases, cyber security falls to the IT department. IT staff are already overworked with the day-to-day operation of the business, that security may fall to the wayside. It can also be very overwhelming when there are so many vulnerabilities to patch, they are not sure where to start remediating. When your organization engages the help of an MSSP, you get a dedicated team of experienced security professionals, vs. 1 or 2 people singled out in your IT staff to handle it all. Additionally, you won’t have to devote resources to either retention nor training employees.
You Have Already Suffered a Breach
It may feel like it is too late once you have suffered a breach. On the contrary! It’s never too late to remediate the access points and improve prevention activities. They say “lightning doesn’t strike in the same place twice”; however, this does not apply to cyber security. After all, hackers will persist by returning to targets that they know did not involve a lot of effort for the initial breach. Take the lessons learned from the first breach and work with an MSSP to remedy any of the mistakes which resulted in the breach.
You Have a Compliance Standard to Meet
Compliance standards such as PCI (Payment Card Industry), HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), and PIPEDA (Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act), all involve the responsibility for keeping personal and financial information secure. GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is also set to become a reality for anyone doing business in the EU as of May 25, 2018. Businesses that are required to follow these standards must protect their data. A good MSSP will understand all these compliance regulations as they are entrusted to manage these services. The MSSP will work with your business to ensure that you not only meet the requirements in a checklist once a year, but also, that your organization can demonstrate ongoing adherence to standards on a daily basis.
We live in a global economy that operates on a 24x7 basis. Hackers are also global, and just because your staff is sleeping, doesn’t mean that they [hackers] are. An attack can come at any time of the day from anywhere in the world. An MSSP will take on the responsibility of monitoring the customer’s network on a 24/7 basis, and additionally fix any potential problems before that arise. The fact that you have an MSSP monitoring your network 24x7 means you can sleep more soundly at night.
Cost Savings and Efficiencies
The question on most executive’s minds is how to reduce costs and improve efficiencies. Most organizations need to be compliant and protect their data. An MSSP can help with this. Engaging an MSSP from the beginning, ensures that your network is proactively protected. This reduces the need to put out fires. A proactive approach identifies issues that need to be corrected before they become problems. The benefit being your employees will be more productive, which will save your company time and money.
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