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In a managed security model, businesses enlist a service provider to protect their data, operations and bottom lines against online attacks. Outsourcing your IT infrastructure security provides an economical solution for getting the tools and round-the-clock expertise needed to safeguard your information assets.
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In a managed security model, businesses enlist a service provider to protect their data, operations and bottom lines against online attacks. Cloud computing environments, regulatory compliances, sophisticated threats, limited budgets and expensive security analysts all contribute to huge security hurdles for businesses. Outsourcing your IT infrastructure security provides an economical solution for getting the tools and round-the-clock expertise needed to safeguard your information assets. Managed Security 2
With hacker techniques constantly evolving, security becomes a moving target. Companies can out-pace the bad guys by partnering with a managed security provider. Outsourcing your security offers powerful benefits: Maximize IT Investments. Budget constraints remain the top reason businesses choose an outsourced security approach. Service providers are able to provide a higher level of service at a lower total cost than organizations can do on their own. They help organizations slash the capital investment required for a comprehensive security system. Because providers typically charge organizations a fixed monthly fee, companies benefit from predictable, recurring costs. Managed security is especially attractive to small and mid-size businesses. Most SMBs don’t have the financial resources to support internal security measures. Instead, they can eliminate the need for in-house technology and experts by outsourcing. As a result, companies can focus on their strategic objectives while getting 24/7 security coverage. Why Use Managed Security? 3
Access Specialized Technology and Expertise. Service providers incorporate powerful technology, accurate threat intelligence, proven processes and experienced professionals into their security solutions. When using a highly-qualified service provider, companies always have access to the latest technologies and most expert security personnel. Eliminate the High Cost of Breaches. The average cost of online security breaches is staggering and increasing each year. According to the Ponemon Institute’s study 2010 U.S. Cost of a Data Breach, the average organizational cost of an online security breach increased from $6.8 million in 2009 to $7.2 million in 2010. Why Use Managed Security? 4
Meet Compliance Requirements. A well-qualified service provider will understand compliance regulations and help your business comply. Protecting critical corporate information, guarding against data theft, proactively monitoring your network and mitigating threats help ensure your company meets current compliance standards. Preserve Your Good Reputation. Online security breaches can result in information theft. Loss of proprietary information will damage a business’ reputation and could impact customer retention. Why Use Managed Security? 5
A managed security solution should safeguard your information assets from all possible threats. To do this, fully managed solutions typically include: Web Application Firewall Managed Firewall Intrusion Detection and Prevention Log Management Managed Virtual Private Network Web Security Vulnerability Scanning & Penetration Testing eMail Security Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliance Measures What Does a Managed Security Solution Include? 6
Tips for Choosing a Managed Security Provider • Today, organizations can select from a variety of service providers. The following guidelines can help narrow your options. • Choose a company with a full suite of security services available on both virtual and physical platforms. You want your provider to tailor and bundle solutions to meet your specific business requirements. • Pay particular attention to a service provider’s financial stability. You want to make sure vendors are around for as long as you need them. Customers should look for vendors committed to their businesses and focused on evolving solutions to keep pace with industry demands.
Tips for Choosing a Managed Security Provider • Tour a service provider’s data center to confirm capabilities. Data centers should be professionally staffed and equipped with the latest technologies and systems. For example, the most advanced managed security providers use extensive global intelligence networks to provide real-time analysis of security attacks in progress. • Verify qualifications using third-party feedback. As part of the selection process, you should check the service provider’s references. In addition, review the results of the provider’s SAS70 Type II audit and evaluate other certifications. Under constant threat of attack, your company’s network and data require 24/7 monitoring by qualified experts. An outsourced security solution alleviates these threats and allows you to focus on your core business.
Michael Duckett, President of CoreLink Data Centers, has authored “Top 5 Things Every Business Should Know About Online Security” - a free white paper about managed security solutions. Visit http://www.corelink.com/data-center-network-security.htm to download your copy today. About the Author 9