Think cyber attacks only happen to big companies? Although attacks on large companies receive considerable media attention, cyber criminals enjoy hitting small businesses too. Some criminals actually prefer to target smaller business because they’re considered easier targets, according to an article published in The Guardian.
Because most small businesses can’t afford full-time IT staff, their systems may have vulnerabilities that are easy to exploit. Managed IT services offer a cost-effective way to improve data storage safety and prevent devastating attacks on your company.
What Are Managed IT Services?
Running a small business is challenging enough without the added burden of maintaining your IT systems. Thanks to managed IT services, you’ll no longer have to worry about backup failures or vulnerabilities in your firewall. When you hire an IT consulting company to support your infrastructure, their security specialists will conduct a thorough evaluation of your systems, identify weaknesses and offer solutions that will help protect your data from malware, viruses, ransomware, disasters or problems caused by human error.
Robust Firewall Protection
A good firewall is the best way to protect your sensitive data from attacks and intrusions, but you can’t just install a firewall and forget about it. Keeping your firewall strong requires regular maintenance. Neglecting to add patches and upgrades creates breaches that make it much easier for criminals to access your data. Intrusion detection alerts let you know when someone tries to access your system, but if no one monitors your firewall regularly, you may not be aware that there’s a problem.
The latest Kaspersky Security Bulletin reports that 28.67 of companies didn’t notice breaches until several days after they occurred. Only 8.19 percent were alerted almost instantly. The longer it takes to spot a breach, the more damage criminals can do.
When you take advantage of managed IT services, your systems will be monitored 24/7. If an attempted intrusion does occur, the security specialists will take immediate action to prevent the intrusion or restore data storage safety. They’ll also perform regular maintenance to ensure your firewall doesn’t let you down when you need it most.
Open This Cool Link
Sometimes, your own employees are responsible for security breaches. Simply opening an innocent-looking link in an email can expose to your data to malware and viruses. Cyber criminals aren’t only skilled at attacking computer systems, but also understand how to manipulate otherwise savvy people into opening emails. Managed IT services includes surveillance of your email system to prevent these attacks.
Hybrid Cloud Management
Hybrid clouds, a combination of both private and public clouds, offer many benefits for small businesses, including cost savings and scalability. Unfortunately, if you’re not fully conversant with cloud technology, you may not understand how to best protect your data. Your IT consulting company will not only manage migration of your data to the cloud, but can also set security controls and other safety measures that will protect your information.
Do you have concerns about data storage safety? Managed IT services offer the ideal way to protect your sensitive data and prevent losses that could threaten your profits. SOHO Solutions’ infrastructure and maintenance support plans cover security, network support, data management and applications at a price you can afford. Contact us to find out how we can help you keep your data safe.