Managed Security Service Provider: The Constant Sentinel

Hacking organizations are on the job 24 hours a day.

Your network security should be as well.

Whether you are talking about Anonymous, or any of the various known state actors in cyberwarfare – China, North Korea, Russia and Iran are prominent – there is no time zone off limits for a hacking, phishing or other malware attack to impact servers, networks, and even devices in the Internet of Things (IoT).

Risk Management

There is so much risk out there that many companies just can’t afford to have only in-house cybersecurity, and there becomes a need to outsource the process of protecting our own networks. This is where a managed security service provider, or MSSP, can be an important ally in the battle for security.

One of the priorities of IT professionals is to provide that security by becoming a risk-management expert in the digital space, which means not only protecting networks from hacks and malware attacks, but also to secure private personal information about employees, vendors, suppliers and most importantly, clients and customers.

And while we may think of IT professionals as superhuman, the fact is they are human. They can’t be on watch 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You would need IT professionals covering 168 hours every week, and that can be awfully expensive.

MSSP: A Helping Hand

In the world of IoT, there are often many devices that are connected to our networks that we may not even think about – such as copiers, refrigerators, clocks, smartphones or fleet cars. It is one thing to keep track of the laptops and desktops in our network, but it’s another thing to recognize all the other IoT devices as they often do not have the same security protocols in place as the “traditional” computers.

An managed security service provider might be an important supplement to your IT staff. An MSSP can provide full-network coverage and monitor all devices. An MSSP is similar to an ISP, where it is a third-party vendor company that monitors and protects all your network and IoT devices at all times – while your office is open or when it is closed for holidays or weekends.

You Have to Be Right …

During the “War on Terror,” the very common saying was, “The terrorists have to be right only once. We have to be right 100 percent of the time.”

Obviously, the same can be said about cyberwarfare.

Hackers will keep trying to get into your systems, and all they need is to gain access one time, through one device, in order to wreak all kinds of havoc. For those of us on defense, we have to have our guard up and be vigilant always, never missing a moment or falling asleep at the wheel for a split second. With a MSSP working in conjunction with your IT network security you have the best options available to ensure you are right 100 percent of the time, like you need to be.

If you would like more information, contact LP3. We will be glad to help you make an informed decision on MSSP for your business or organization.

Scott Lawler is CEO of LP3 and provides enterprise cyber security architecture advice to government and commercial clients.

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