Considering Security as a Service? Partner With a Managed Service Provider

47677359_s.jpgCyber security is becoming a bigger, more complicated issue than many organizations are prepared to handle on their own. In fact, a single data breach can cost an organization up to $4 million in damages. This is where security-as-a-service shines. Security-as-a-service can provide your organization with a sophisticated, easy to deploy security systems at a fraction of the cost. A managed service provider can help you select a security-as-a-service solution and integrate it with your current environment.

1. What is Security as a Service?

Through security-as-a-service, an expert security provider is able to offer their security solutions to an organization on a subscription basis. The security service provider manages the day-to-day operations, upgrades, and troubleshooting of the security system, while the organization is able to reap the benefits of a more advanced security system than they could otherwise support.

2. What are the Advantages of Security as a Service?

Superior knowledge. A security-as-a-service company focuses on a single thing: providing security. They are able to stay current on modern security trends and risks, and react proactively to potential vulnerabilities. When engaging a security-as-a-service provider, an organization is able to engage a wide array of expert specialists within their field. Otherwise they would have to rely on their internal IT team, which will often be comprised of generalists.

Superior resources. Modern security systems don't just require expertise -- they also require resources. A security-as-a-service provider will have the hardware and software resources that an organization would not be able to acquire -- at least, not without them being prohibitively expensive.

Superior savings. Because a security-as-a-service provider operates on a subscription basis, the organization only needs to pay a low, flat rate fee every month. Otherwise the organization would need to invest in on-site security professionals, off-site security consultants, and a physical infrastructure.

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3. Why Choose a Managed Service Provider to Implement Security as a Service?

When it comes to implementing security-as-a-service technology, an organization still needs someone to integrate the system with their own current infrastructure. A managed service provider can help. MSPs can be brought in anytime during the process and will be able to advise the organization on the right security system for them. Not all security-as-a-service systems will support the same types of business or features; an MSP provides a valuable third-party link between the technology and the organization. The only alternative would be to bring in a costly security consultant.

Security-as-a-service is a fantastic solution for any organization currently dealing with security challenges. If you feel that your organization could benefit from security-as-a-service, CWPS can help.

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Cybersecurity Trends in 2016: Why This is the Year to Get Serious

Cybersecurity trends

Every year cybersecurity threats become more dangerous and sophisticated. The past year has shown that no one is safe; healthcare organizations, financial institutions, entertainment groups, and even government agencies reported significant data breaches and attacks. This year will undoubtedly see a variety of new threats aimed towards both small businesses and larger organizations. Here are a few of the major threats that can be expected in the coming year.

Rogue It Remains an Increasingly Prevalent Threat

The past few years have found rogue IT an increasingly persistent threat to data security. Rogue IT occurs when employees attempt to self-service their IT needs without either the help or input of the IT department. This leads to the widespread use of unauthorized third-party applications or devices which can represent a significant security risk. To avoid rogue IT, IT departments must both increase their own responsiveness and lock their network and attack surfaces down so that rogue IT can have less of an impact. Rogue IT generally only occurs in a widespread fashion when a company is not able to meet the operational needs of its employees.

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Mobile Device Intrusion Becomes More Commonplace

Mobile devices are quickly becoming a more advanced threat. Modern services can become compromised, therefore also compromising any accounts or networks that they are attached to. More pressingly, mobile devices can also be used to launch attacks against other systems. Mobile devices management solutions are necessary to isolate mobile devices away from the network, thereby reducing the chance that the mobile device may intrude upon an organization's data.

Ransomware Continues to Run Rampant

Ransomware is a malicious program that either locks a device or encrypts data until the ransom is paid by the owner of the information. Consequently, ransomware is being targeted primarily towards business owners who need their data to operate and can't always spend the time to recover their data after an attack. Backups and secured networks are necessary to defeat these ransomware attacks, which operate primarily by banking on the target not having other copies of their data. Ransomware also targets consumer devices such as smartphone and occasionally masquerades as a government fine or fee.

Cybersecurity experts are likely to find 2016 a challenge as cyber criminals continue to find new ways to procure information and to hide their tracks. For more information about the emerging cybersecurity threats coming in 2016, contact the expert specialists at CWPS.

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