IT is an industry of constant change. With each new trend that arises, former IT best practices may beradically altered. A secure, cost-effective and productive IT infrastructure design necessitates an understanding of current IT standards. This can be quite a challenge for already over-taxed IT professionals and executives. Presently, many of the trends in the IT world are moving towards the decentralization of IT technology. While this has vastly improved cost and increased productivity, it has also led to some significant security concerns.
Decentralized Solutions Foster a Growing Remote Workforce
The proliferation of cloud solutions has led to an always-on global infrastructure that can be tapped into at any time and from anywhere. In turn, this has led to a growing remote workforce. Companies are outsourcing previously in-house positions, lowering costs, improving talent recruitment and increasing productivity. Naturally, however, this also increases the attack surface of the company's IT infrastructure. By being always-on and accessible from anywhere, the enterprise infrastructure opens itself to the possibility of malicious use.
The Internet of Things Leads to Increased IT Challenges
The Internet of Things is less a technology and more a philosophy of technology, through which a variety of devices connect to a centralized network, often pushing data and analytics. The Internet of Things has been used to describe everything from automated "smart home" solutions to mobile device management, which has increasing relevance in the modern world. The Internet of Things is expected to continue growing and becoming ubiquitous, leaving IT professionals with the daunting task of managing an almost limitless set of potential devices.
Security Concerns Bring Rise to Hybrid IT and MSP Service Providers
Together, many of the modern IT trends are leading to increased security concerns. Companies today must educate their employees and enforce modern security policies if they are to remain secured. Moreover, IT security professionals must be aware of the modern challenges facing a decentralized and inherently open infrastructure. A comprehensive security plan is essential not only to avoid security threats but to manage them in a quick and effective manner.
Of course, keeping abreast of modern security concerns in a fast-paced IT world -- in addition to performing routine maintenance and repair -- can be a challenge. Many companies have turned instead to managed service providers and hybrid IT solutions, which allow the company to create a walled, high security environment while still taking advantage of a more accessible cloud solution. MSPs are able to manage, maintain and most importantly secure these hybrid IT solutions for the company.
Is your business prepared for a security threat? Is your cloud solution properly secured? Or could you benefit from a transition to hybrid IT? Contact us today to find out more about the role that an MSP could fill in your organization.