Having dependable IT security services is critical to the operation of any business. Hiring a “managed security services provider” or MSSP as opposed to relying on in-house software programs to do this very important job, gives a company added assurance that their information is protected against hacking and other forms of cyber-crime. The emphasis with MSSP is on prevention of such issues in the first place rather than fixing them once they have already happened.
When a company’s security needs are in the hands of a competent provider they can trust that the risk of an attack is not only considerably lower to begin with, but in the event it doe occur, it will be dealt with immediately and efficiently in a way that will minimize or prevent losses entirely. The provider will conduct routine evaluations such as penetration tests, code reviews, and vulnerability assessments on those elements of the system which are most prone to invasion.
In this day and age, it is not enough to rely on having good technology, it also requires a certain degree of human knowledge and skill. After all, technology such as software is a human invention, and therefore needs human management for it to run optimally. Ensuring that a business only deals with a provider that employs only highly trained and knowledgeable staff who can tackle any issue that may arise and also dispense helpful advice is important.
It has been estimated that an average of 10 vulnerabilities will surface in any system each day, with this in mind, it’s evident how urgent the need is to be constantly monitoring it for any possible leaks and holes. Using an MSSP promises continuous protection at all times, every day.
Depending on software programs alone to provide security is very risky and the only real advantage it produces is a higher number in the company’s investment column than its spending column. In addition to this, software fast becomes outdated while MSSP services do not, rather they are dynamic in nature and can be updated in a moment’s notice if the need presents itself.
Some companies will attempt to take on the responsibility of managing their own security, a feat which typically is very hard to accomplish successfully. Normally it will take a business three years of continuous running without coming up against any major obstacles, in order to master this. In more cases than not, set-backs will occur, making it near impossible to stay on top of this major aspect of conducting business.
The service a company chooses to manage their IT security should ideally be familiar with the particular industry their client is part of. They should be experienced and well-versed in the specific programming languages and frameworks, and should be willing to produce endorsements from other clients when asked. The company representative doing the hiring, needs to also request to see the credentials of the individual consultants who will be performing the work.
By choosing IT security services, companies will also save money. Instead of having to pay for licenses, software, and such the business pays a monthly fee to their MSS provider who buys all of this in large quantities from the suppliers, and passes along these savings to their clients. A monthly charge generally includes all related equipment, facilities, and procedures involved with keeping the company’s information protected.