Small businesses make up a substantial part of the economic landscape, but more than half report feeling less prepared than large ones to counter security threats. This is a wake up call to small businesses that it’s prime time to consider a managed security service option.

The security threats that come with technology advances like virtualization and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) are far too great to address with a below-par security posture. Stories abound in the small business world of a single phishing link infecting an entire business system, embarrassing the hapless employee and leaving the small business with limited recourse to respond to the threat.

Small Businesses, Big Cybersecurity Challenges

Small businesses tend to have fewer in-house IT resources than larger companies, both human and financial, which limits their ability to support 24/7 threat monitoring. In fact, less than a quarter of SMBs surveyed in a recent report have a person or department dedicated to cybersecurity.  

The challenges of managing cybersecurity with limited, skilled headcount are exacerbated by the approach many small businesses take to cybersecurity; which is to invest in cybersecurity on an ad hoc basis as the network grows and new security threats arise.

The result is a hodge podge of cybersecurity tools that don’t easily share threat information and are difficult — if not impossible — to manage in an efficient, unified manner.

Lack of interoperability between products and inefficient management combine with poor overall network visibility to create big gaps in cybersecurity coverage — gaps a managed IT security provider can bridge. There are many ways to benefit from outsourcing cybersecurity to a managed IT services provider, including:

  1. Round-the-clock monitoring and data protection, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to detect threats and remove them before they wreak havoc across the network.

  2. More effective, consistent protection with customer-specific security protocols that streamline vulnerability patching and remove system infections with solutions that are compatible across virtual networks and hardware.

  3. More productive, in-house IT department — By removing the burden of managing complex cybersecurity activities on top day-to-day IT, a managed security provider frees small business IT teams to devote more time to strategic technology initiatives and supporting employees.

  4. Cost savings — Adding another services vendor to a business’s expenses may initially feel like a burden, but the savings incurred from preventing a security breach or malware attack are huge. Not to mention that a managed security provider has the expertise to align your cybersecurity solution with your business needs and budget.

Solutions In Sight

Of course, not all managed security providers are equal, and as an SMB, you need to be selective about working with a vendor that offers best-in-class technology and expertise.

SpartanTec, Inc. is a managed security service provider.  We help companies of all sizes maintain all or parts of their network security infrastructure.  We would love to talk with you about our services and see if there is a fit for us to partner together.  Still want to think about it?  Feel free to download this report, "WHAT EVERY BUSINESS MUST KNOW ABOUT PROTECTING AND PRESERVING THEIR COMPANY’S CRITICAL DATA AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS".