Would you leave your home unsecured? Leave it unlocked, windows wide open while you went on vacation? You might have twenty years ago when security was less of an issue than it is today. But now we know better. We have more and smarter options for keeping the bad guys out. We can’t prevent every possible threat, but we can take preemptive measures to stack the odds in our favor.
The same can be said of an IT environment. Before the cloud, digital databases and workforce mobility, there was small but secure, well-built infrastructure. A security breach may have been something as minor as an employee accessing a file that he or she wasn’t supposed to. Today’s data breaches are orders of magnitude larger, originate from one of numerous unknown locations, and are far more destructive – often catastrophically so.
In addition to the size of a breach, IBM reports that every business – big or small – will suffer a data breach in the next 24 months and 70% of those businesses will close their doors within a year of that breach. The threats seen today have sweeping consequences and the danger is no longer just plausible; it’s probable. More and more companies are falling victim to cyber security incidents.
What is an Organization to Do?
Most companies are aware of the growing threat and many are realizing the value of taking measures to mitigate existing damage and prevent future loss. Often, the first (and most logical) step is to consider hiring cyber security personnel to monitor and manage IT environments. But they quickly discover that the professional shortage of these individuals is far more challenging than they’d originally thought. In fact, studies suggest that there is already a shortage to the tune of one million cyber security pros globally—a number expected to increase over the next five years-and that most job postings will go unfilled.
So, maybe cross-training existing IT employees to cover cyber security are a better option? Perhaps, but many companies trying this route are finding that employees are loathe to take on more responsibilities (especially of such great importance) when they are already overworked and because of the steep learning curve.
And if a company is fortunate enough to find and hire a cyber security expert, it won’t come cheap. This is another reason mid-sized enterprises find themselves in a particularly difficult situation – it takes a surprisingly high salary to attract talent in a very competitive industry. Of course, a top salary and benefits package leads to higher retention and so on, so if companies can’t afford it they lose out.
Cyber security is creating an uneasiness and feeling of insecurity among organizational management. Solutions appear limited and security threats are growing. Companies need a plan.
Enter: The MSSP
Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) provide a cost-effective, efficient alternative to resolving the ongoing security challenges businesses face. An MSSP provides extensive security services and technologies to protect organizations from external breaches and internal threats 24/7/365.The diversity of inter-disciplinary talent, limitless resources, expansive knowledge and adaptable scalable services are just some of the reasons why an MSSP can ease the insecurity of cyber threats.
If peace-of-mind and a heightened sense of awareness and security is important to your organization, you’ll want to download the new NetEnrich whitepaper, “Addressing the Cyber security Talent Shortage and Growing Threat of Attack with Managed Services.” Learn why MSSPs’ marketing growth is outpacing security software by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, and the reasons why they are providing predictability over uncertainty for a growing number of SMBs and enterprise businesses. Other topics covered include:
- How and why cyber security has become a more severe threat over the last decade
- Factors influencing various cyber security solutions available today
- What and MSSP is and why they solve an organizations’ cyber security challenges
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