[BreachExchange] Can SMBs Benefit from Outsourcing Security?

Audrey McNeil audrey at riskbasedsecurity.com
Fri May 4 14:45:50 EDT 2018


Almost half of UK enterprises have been the victim of a cyber security
breach, hack or attack during the last 12 months, according to the 2018
Cyber Security Breaches Survey, as the spectre of malware, viruses, fraud
and scammers becomes more challenging for CIOs to combat effectively.

The good news is that a robust strategy can mitigate the growing number of
security threats that companies face each and every day. “Cyberattacks can
inflict serious commercial damage and reputational harm, but most campaigns
are not highly sophisticated,” National Cyber Security Centre Chief
Executive Ciaran Martin says. For a growing number of SMBs, this strategy
involves outsourcing their cyber security efforts so that they can access
good IT support and monitor and manage the threat landscape on a daily

Threats continue to mature and multiply, so it makes sense to work with a
third party who has knowledge and expertise in cyber security. Developing
these capabilities in-house is a laborious and expensive undertaking, and
often takes the focus away from an enterprise’s core product and service
offerings. Rather than having to build a secure IT infrastructure from the
ground up, SMBs can access comprehensive managed IT support services with
enhanced security, which will protect servers, networks and connected
devices from malware, viruses and more.

Cyber security is one of the fastest-changing aspects of IT as new malware
tech and threats can emerge and evolve in minutes. If you are forced to
rely on in-house security methods, you won’t be able to access the latest
cutting-edge technologies that can identify malicious activity and pinpoint
vulnerabilities. You will always be a step behind, and this could
eventually be disastrous for your business. A managed IT service provider
will continue to develop tech and offer bespoke advice and recommendations
so that your enterprise can navigate the murky waters of cyber security

To protect against security vulnerabilities and attacks, service providers
can complete IT assessments to provide you with a holistic view of your IT
infrastructure and a technology risk analysis to ensure that your data and
security setup is sufficient for your business demands and objectives. This
will take factors such as compliance into account and the range of internal
and external threats that loom large in today’s business world. You can
also get access to market-leading antivirus security so that you have the
peace of mind that the servers and devices that underpin your everyday
operations are free from malware.

Insider threats are also a growing concern, and outsourcing IT will enable
you to finally take control of the growing number of connected devices that
are being used in the workplace. IT support can offer full management and
monitoring of devices so that you know who has access to data, and can
implement real-time patching and updates to keep everything as secure as

To conclude, outsourcing IT will allow you to access better support, lower
costs and reduce the complexity of your compliance obligations, but perhaps
most importantly, empower you to prevent disasters and downtime that can
threaten the continuity of your business.
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