Many owners of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) face a conundrum: They need data protection and networking security solutions — but can’t afford the cost or bandwidth of a skilled IT staff to focus on security alone.
Data regarding your customers, suppliers, subcontractors, and employees is a target for hackers. Any information you send through email, access through a device, or keep in a database can be subject to a virus attack or security breach from an outside threat.
When it comes to security, someone must oversee deployment of new software and fixes, security monitoring, as well as software patches and upgrades. This means SMB owners must put more resources into business administration than sales, which could lead to loss of income. In the end, hiring a provider to handle IT security needs can be a great SMB security solution.
Security can get complicated when you consider the numerous ways construction company employees interact with information and the myriad places they store data. Virus protection and firewall software can help, but new viruses and ways of accessing your confidential information make it difficult to maintain technology that assures you have the most up-to-date protection against hackers and viruses.
An outside company is in a better position to ensure protection because expert employees focus on security and stay up to date on the latest threats and technologies necessary to prevent problems. In addition, an outside provider can scale with your business, providing solutions to your needs based on changes. When you hire new people, grow your business, or even change software or hardware, a company that specializes in security can adjust to your changing needs quickly. These service providers offer state-of-the-art security options to prevent data and potential income loss associated with security breaches. They can also help quickly identify problems and get you up and running in the event of a disaster recovery issue.
When you hire a security service provider, security professionals should evaluate your business needs in terms of security, recommend solutions based on your hardware and software infrastructure needs, and have a plan in place to adjust for changes you see coming. First, security personnel look at business security infrastructure to determine strengths and weaknesses. Next, they recommend what needs to be protected and the services required. This can mean server management, vulnerability testing, web application security, and firewall management. They also recommend options to avoid a single point of failure at any time. This may mean they recommend a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) plan.
The third thing security experts do is adjust. This means upgrading equipment and software, running virus checks, and ensuring your business has the most current security systems possible. This is also the point where personnel determine whether your data recovery procedures will work without major data loss or significant downtime.
As a construction business leader, you want to stay up to date with your security needs while also generating income. That’s why hiring an outside service provider to manage your IT security is an option you should seriously consider. Common Sense Solutions experts can help protect business data and web applications while minimizing malicious cyberattack risk.[cta] Ready to see what managed IT services could do for your business? Call the experts at Common Sense Solutions at [phone] for additional information.[/cta]