Managed Security Service Providers: Cyberheroes Against Cybercrime

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The IT security breach hits just keep coming, don’t they? No wonder managed security services are growing in popularity. As security threats all over the world are increasing, it seems we hear about fresh tactics each day in the news. Even more frustrating and challenging is the fact that the security threats keep changing and evolving in nature. Cyber criminals are becoming ever more sophisticated and these days, no business—large or small—is immune to the menacing dangers of these offenders. 

To maintain an adequate level of security, companies must stay ahead of the latest threat curve and deploy and manage the best defense possible. But not every company has the IT resources or security expertise to do this on its own, and the cybermafia knows this. And of course, they’re taking advantage of any weakness. Having a solid, dependable MSSP (Managed Security Service Provider) is your best defense – your “cyberhero” – in fighting cybercrime. 

Managed security services are allowing companies to outsource their network security management to a trusted service provider. Earlier this year, Infonetics Research reported that the managed security service market grew another 12 percent in 2012, to a total of $13 billion worldwide.

For larger organizations, managed security services free up IT departments to focus on other network maintenance and issues. And small and mid-sized businesses can rest easy knowing that they are being taken care of by a team of IT security experts.

When it comes to IT security breaches, small businesses are generally at greater risk—even if they don’t realize it. Many small business owners share the mindset that security breaches won’t happen to them and as a result, don’t have the proper in-house resources allocated to security. However, research shows that breaches affecting small businesses are on the rise. A 2013 survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute found that 55 percent of the small business respondents had suffered a data breach. In fact, 53 percent said that they had been victims of multiple breaches. It has never been more important for companies of all sizes to protect their networks and business-critical data.

Every business has unique security needs, and some—especially those in industries such as healthcare, retail, and financial services—must meet strict regulatory compliance requirements. Every network and every infrastructure is different, so there is never a “one-size-fits-all” security solution.

Windstream’s Managed Security Services are delivered from our enterprise-class data centers, and include vulnerability assessments, threat detection, incident response and more—all to help customers identify and mitigate security issues before and after they occur. Our Managed Security Services team works closely with each customer, developing a comprehensive, cost-effective solution to protect the network and the business.

Is it time to think about managed security for your business? Consult a Windstream security expert today to find out.