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Protect Your Business Data with Computer Security Services
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By: Arlette Measures
Protect Vital Company Data with Managed Computer Security Services

A growing number of small and medium sized businesses(SMBs) are turning to managed security services to protect their networks, systems and information. Using managed services is a sensible strategy for companies that have limited security staff and resources. It also gives them access to expertise they may not have access to in‐house.

Managed security services (MSS) are computer network security processes that have been outsourced to a service provider. A company providing such a service is managed security service provider(MSSP). Managed security services also refers to a systematic approach to managing an organization's security needs.

Managed computer security services are “both appropriate and highly appealing, because SMBs are faced with more complex requirements than ever,” says Jonathan Penn, vice president at Forrester Research Inc. These requirements include regulatory compliance and continually changing IT dynamics such as mobility, external collaboration, virtualization and cloud computing.

Functions of a managed security service include around‐the‐clock monitoring and management of intrusion detection systems and firewalls, overseeing patch management and upgrades, performing security assessments and security audits, and responding to emergencies. Products
are available from a number of vendors to help organize and guide the procedures involved. This guide is designed to help you decide whether your business needs the services of a managed computer security provider, and if so, how to choose the right vendor for your company.

Does Your Business Need Managed Computer Security?

The decision criteria for engaging the services of an MSSP are much the same as those for any other form of outsourcing: cost‐effectiveness compared to in‐house solutions, ability to focus on core competencies,the need for round‐the‐clock service, and ease of remaining up‐to‐date. Your business can be at risk if the information assets upon which your company depends are not securely configured and managed.

Lack of security management can result in asset compromise due to violations of confidentiality, availability, and integrity. Compliance with specific government‐defined security regulations can be easily achieved by using managed Security services.

Despite the growing importance of computer security for businesses, few companies can afford to maintain the staff that effective security requires. Keeping a breast of changes in computer security technology means on going training of qualified employees. It may also be impractical for staff members to check all vital security data around the clock.

From a resource management stand point, many SMBs would benefit enormously from eliminating these types of issues.Often, it is simply more cost‐effective to leverage managed security services from an outside source.Outsourcing computer security can save your organization money that would be better used to foster company growth.

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