With cyberthreats to small and medium-sized businesses growing at an exponential rate, many business owners are feeling the stress of being on-guard nearly 24 hours a day when it comes to their valuable business data. What many businesses often don’t realize is that they don’t have to keep this responsibility—or the associated time-sink and expense—in-house.
By teaming up with a reliable, reputable managed services provider that specializes in providing an outsourced security operations center to small and medium-sized businesses, you can get back to focusing on the core business practices that need your attention most.
What Is a Security Operations Center (SOC), and Why Do I Need One?
Many businesses mistakenly think that a SOC is something of a luxury that only Fortune 500 companies need to worry about. Unfortunately, it is for this reason that SMBs are most at risk when it comes to opportunistic cybercriminals. With notoriously weak defenses and a false sense of security because of their limited “small business” resources, SMBs are the low-hanging fruit of the world of cybercrime.
An outsourced Security Operations Center can provide a small or medium-sized business with the IT protection it needs without the expense or the stress of having to manage a 24/7 threat monitoring system in-house. An outsourced SOC is a virtual mission control center that keeps your business’s information security processes in check and fully monitored in real-time—not once a week or after-the-fact.
When you outsource your SOC, you get a full-time team of cybersecurity experts that identify, assess, and resolve potential and actual threats to your business’s IT systems. Your SOC can identify a potential attack well before it does any actual damage and direct the appropriate resources where they are needed most. If you have an in-house IT department, they can collaborate with the SOC regarding current threat levels and the overall security strategy of your organization.
A business that leverages their existing technology and/or IT department with outsourced SOC services can expect the following benefits:
- Vigilant threat monitoring 24/7/365.
Since cybercriminals don’t work 9-5, the only sure-fire way to stay on top of current threats and attacks is to maintain a 24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days per year detection and defense strategy. A Security Operations Center can provide this real-time threat monitoring as a full-time security service, or fill in the gaps where your in-house team needs extra support.
- A tailored approach to your unique business’s cybersecurity needs.
Implementing a fully operational SOC in-house is often cost-prohibitive for most small and mid-sized businesses. The investment alone requires a total restructuring of people and processes to support the effective 24/7 monitoring of a SOC.
Outsourcing your Security Operations Center means you can spend more time running your business and less time worrying about cybercrime. When outsourcing security operations, your IT managed service provider can tailor a program to fit your unique business’ needs, from full-blown monitoring, incident response, and remediation to a simple monitoring, detection, and alert approach.
- Increased productivity and uptime.
When you outsource your SOC, your employees can focus on their tasks with more confidence and better efficiency since vital systems are less prone to disruption and attack. Since downtime costs money, when your business is partnered with a MSSP that provides 24/7 threat monitoring, you’ll be up-and-running more consistently, with fewer IT break-fix repair expenses, and more profits over the long term.
If you feel that your business could benefit from increased uptime, 24/7/365 cybersecurity threat monitoring, and proactive incident response, reach out to the IT security experts at Intrinium for customized solutions to best fit your business’s current IT security needs.