Protect Your Business from Cyber Attacks
46% of UK firms reported a cyber attack in 2017. Small businesses are a prime target and risk financial loss, reputational damage and sanction by regulators.
Low-Cost Cyber Security Outsourced Service
To adequately protect against the impact of a cyber attack, all small businesses face the challenge of the increasing complexity of modern cyber attack and the high costs associated with buying security products and hiring skilled staff to use them.
Outsourcing to a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) has become accepted by larger firms as a solution to improving the efficacy of their cybersecurity defences. But until recently these services have been expensive and only afforded by the larger enterprise. The ability of an MSSP to deliver its services will usually rely on its partnership with specialist security application vendors such as Alien Vault, Carbon Black and Panda Security. Many of these vendors are now using multi-tenanted, web services to enable rapid deployment and significantly reduce costs. The net result is that a few MSSP’s are now able to offer service packages with ‘subscription style’ prices as low as £25/user/month on an annual basis.
What is an MSSP?
The definition of an MSSP is neatly defined by Gartner as:
‘A managed security service provider (MSSP) provides outsourced monitoring and management of security devices and systems. Common services include managed firewall, intrusion detection, virtual private network, vulnerability scanning and anti-viral services. MSSPs use high-availability security operation centres to provide 24/7 services designed to reduce the number and cost of operational security personnel.’
Why would you use an MSSP?
The benefits of using an MSSP include the following:
- Significant cost advantage with a reduction in manpower and spend on technology
- Immediate service delivery independent of delays in recruitment and training
- Continuous monitoring of cybersecurity status on 24/7/365 basis
- Use of advanced technology particularly early threat detection and remediation
- Access to knowledge of global threats and attack methodologies
- Regular security health checks with automated and manual testing
- Clear and concise management reports
How do you select a Managed Security Service Provider?
All MSSP partners must offer the knowledge and technical solutions to identify vulnerabilities in your organisation before cyber criminals do. They must also detect threats that evade your defences before they have an impact. These services should rely on event and behavioural analysis that is underpinned by global threat information intelligence used to cross-check and correlate with the latest known attack methodologies.
Your MSSP must have the resources to protect your organisation by implementing the appropriate security controls. These may be technical but should also include controls that manage the ‘insider-risk’ posed by any member of your own staff.
Ideally, you should also look for a service which provides a monitoring infrastructure that supports service logging and regular reports. Most MSSP’s now provide a Web interface with live data that can be shared by their engineers and your IT managers at any time.
Last, but definitely not least: in the event of an attack, you will need immediate and managed remedial action to eliminate or reduce the impact of potential data loss, theft or loss of reputation.
Company: Wizard Cyber
Phone: 0333 311 0121