6 Reasons why small businesses need managed security solutions

6 Reasons why small businesses need managed security solutions

Keeping up with current events in the dynamic world of cybersecurity presents a monumental challenge to small business leaders struggling to work with limited resources. It’s never been more important to have a dedicated team of security experts working around the clock to monitor your network and keep things running smoothly. Unfortunately, that’s difficult to achieve for all but the largest businesses. But that’s where managed services providers like Zenops can help.

Tap into valuable expertise

Cybersecurity expertise is hard to come by, which means it’s rarely cheap. In fact, the average salary for a chief information security officer (CISO) in Oakland is $177,055! But even if cost is no concern, finding and retaining the right expertise is another matter. Working with a managed security provider will give you access to a level of expertise that you can’t reasonably expect to maintain in-house, and for a fraction of the cost.

Access to cutting-edge technology

Outdated technology relies on outdated security, which is why it’s one of the most common causes of data breaches. Hackers are also using the latest technology to find new opportunities to exploit. It’s your responsibility to stay one step ahead by using the latest tools and expertise.

Outsourcing your cybersecurity management gives you access to tools that would ordinarily be far too expensive to implement in-house. With a cloud-hosted security operations center, you’ll always have the latest software without having to worry about maintenance and upgrades ever again.

Implement stronger security measures

One of the problems with traditional cybersecurity solutions is that they generally don’t look beyond the business network. This means they provide little or no protection to devices that leave the physical bounds of your office, but still have access to sensitive data, such as in cloud collaboration platforms and other web-based software.

Managed security services provide an external layer of defense that can’t be compromised by internal threats like malicious employees or negligence. Given that most data breaches result from human error, that’s a crucial benefit to have.

Ensure regulatory compliance

Regulations like HIPAA, GDPR, and PCI DSS are unbelievably complex, so it’s easy to understand why many business leaders find themselves struggling to keep up with their legal obligations.

Fortunately, a dependable managed security provider will be fully compliant with industry regulations, since it’s a significant part of their value offer. Outsourcing security and compliance means you can ease the burden on your in-house team without risking potentially costly mistakes.

Improve response times

It takes companies almost six months, on average, to discover a data breach. That’s long after the damage has already been done and the stolen data has been sold on dark-web marketplaces.

However, with round-the-clock monitoring, real-time reporting, and instant remediation, security providers can greatly decrease response times and minimize the damage to your business. All service providers are bound by the obligations specified in their service level agreements (SLAs), which include maximum response times for support queries.

Increase employee productivity

Data breaches and other security incidents hurt businesses in a multitude of ways, with losses in productivity due to downtime being among the most significant. If employees spend their time trying to work around potential issues, or are constantly fearful of doing something wrong, their productivity and morale will also take a hit.

Instead of leaving security in the hands of those who are not best-equipped to deal with it, working with a third party can free up valuable man hours and help your employees focus on what matters most in their jobs.

ZENOPS provides powerful business security solutions to businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Barbara, and Seattle Area. If you want more time to focus on running your business without all the worries. Call us today for a free consultation.

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