Cyber threats are continuous, even though they don’t always make big news. WannaCry ransomware, for example, affected hundreds of thousands of computers across the globe starting on May 12, 2017. Such an event may seem far removed from your small or mid-sized business (SMB), but 71% of all cyber attacks have been against small businesses, according to one study. The time for solid network security is now and the most affordable way to have it is with a managed network.
What Does a Managed Network Do?
Managed network services are monitored, maintained, and operated at a remote location by a managed service provider (MSP). The managed network services are the software, infrastructure, and technical support services that are crucial to the management and operation of an IP-based communication network. Managed networks may, for example, provide servers, an operating system, and firewall software for network security. The MSP maintains and monitors the entire system.
MSP Network Security Measures
A managed network takes a proactive approach to address IT problems, including how to avoid falling victim to a cyber attack. New threats arise all the time, and changes may be needed in a cybersecurity plan to provide IT assurance. The following are components of effective network security strategies that a managed network may adopt:
- Employees often fall for malware attacks, and providing cybersecurity training can help to prevent disaster.
- Run an antivirus program on servers.
- Keep servers updated at all times.
- Track and monitor user log-in and log-off activity on the business network.
- Use a free security tool by Microsoft that boosts security, called Microsoft’s Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit or EMET.
Contact Zero1zero Innovation to speak with an IT expert about managed network services for your business.