As we explained in the first blog (here), it’s perfectly understandable if you’re unfamiliar with the slew of different IT services to choose from, especially in cybersecurity and compliance. While there’s a wide range, each with its own unique benefits and capabilities, not all of them are right for your business.
In our first installment, we went over Managed IT Services, Monitoring Services, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR), and Firewall services. (backlinks). Now, what happens if someone tries to infiltrate your data? How would you as a business owner know what to do to stop the threat?
Cybersecurity services is a broad category that encompasses a wide range of service types dedicated to the security of your business. Many service types fall under the umbrella of cybersecurity services, including firewalls, network monitoring, layered networks, antivirus, and more.
Because this service encompasses so much, we suggest outsourcing this to a managed service provider (MSP) who will bring with them a greater depth of experience.
Security and Compliance Auditing Services
When it comes to the security and compliance auditing of your business’s IT, it’s not enough to just make an assessment of your hardware and software. To do a holistic security and compliance audit effectively, have a third party to come in. You can use an MSP, individual auditor, or an auditing team.
The types of audits necessary for this kind of assessment include but aren’t limited to:
● Email Policies
● Mobile Device Policies
● Wi-Fi Policies
● Network Equipment
● Data Access and Backup
● Vulnerability Scanning
● Phishing Tests
● Application Policies
● File Server Policies
● Workstation Policies
● Firewall Policies
Whoever you choose to oversee your IT audits should be competent in auditing compliance for HIPPA, GDPR, SOX, PCI DSS, and Sarbanes-Oxley.
Antivirus Protection Services
Given the ever-increasing sophistication of malware, quality antivirus protection services are crucial to a business and should not be ignored. Being a subset of cybersecurity, these services are generally more common in the IT industry and come built into many devices.
As you can see, more goes into the complex world of business IT services than the common business owner understands. In order to get the full capabilities and efficiency needed for your company to succeed, consider a managed service provider.
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Stay tuned for the next installment of IT services needed by the common small business owner where we will discuss the cloud and how a managed service provider can help not only protect your data but develop your business technology to run more efficiently and securely.