Gone are the days when all you needed to protect your company’s network was a good firewall and trusted antivirus. In today’s evolving threat landscape, companies are finally realising that basic ‘best-practices’ are no longer capable of fending off cyberattacks. To properly manage cyber security threats, companies are turning to IT Security firms that provide a Managed Security Service (MSS).
Managed Security Services provide a centralised hub for monitoring a company’s network. Analysed by qualified IT Security professionals, companies can rest easy knowing that their networks are being watched 24/7/365 days a year. This round-the-clock care means any unauthorised activity can be picked up and blocked before hackers or any malware have a chance to cause any damage or gain access to vital information.
“Managed Security Services provide a centralised hub for monitoring a company’s network. Analysed by qualified IT Security professionals, companies can rest easy knowing that their networks are being watched 24/7/365 days a year.”
So why the shift? It all comes down to the increase in the complexity, length and quantity of cyberattacks. In 2014, the world experienced:
A 23% increase in the amount of data breaches reported by companies.
Zero-day vulnerabilities such as Heartbleed reached an all-time high. The top 5 most exploited vulnerabilities were used for a combined 295 days before vendors could create patches.
Around-the-clock attacks became more frequent. 19% of attacks reported by companies were of a ‘constant’ nature, and a further 15% reported that attacks lasted for up to 1 month, more than a 300% increase from 2013.
Partnering with a managed security service provider allows companies to focus on their own business activities and not worry about security issues such as:
Patch management and upgrades – threats from ‘trojanised’ software updates used to target organisations are eliminated.
Security assessments – allows MSS providers to identify weaknesses in the company’s network and put security measures in place to avoid exploitation.
Cyberattack mitigation – identifying DDoS attacks and other breaches as they occur and interrupt the attempt before the network is compromised.