How Managed Network Security Protection Services Work
Quality network security is an essential part of the operations for your business and meeting data protection compliance and regulatory requirements. It sounds really simple to say you just want to “keep the criminals out” while keeping your business in productive mode. Unfortunately, with the increased demands for technology and information security, this can result in a significant time investment.
Network security is no longer about just deploying firewalls and an antivirus program. Regardless of the size of your business, the latest threats are very advanced. This is why many companies are opting to use enterprise-class network security protection services to increase protection while saving time and money.
If you have never used this type of service for your company or small business, here is an overview of the core levels of protection that a network security protection service can provide.
Network Health Assessment
When you work with a network security protection service, they will first provide a comprehensive network health assessment. This will help you determine where your network stands and what needs to be done in order to make it more secure. The health assessment involves the inspection of firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, Virtual Private Network (VPN) security, anti-virus and anti-malware programs, network filtering processes, infrastructure security, patch management, disaster recovery and backup, and any other component that is a contributing factor to network security.
Design for Network Security Protection
Once the network security protection service performs the initial assessment, they will work with you to design a management strategy which is customized to meet the security needs of your business. If the service suggests a “one size fits all” approach then you should immediately look elsewhere. A true provider should be qualified to tailor a design that specifically meets your security needs and compliance requirements instead of using an out of the box solution.
Network Security Maintenance and Monitoring
Keeping your company network safe from threats is a time consuming process. For this reason, many companies choose to use a quality network security protection service. A first rate provider will oversee the maintenance and monitoring process. This allows you to focus on growing your business. Additionally, more small businesses are getting serious about using a network security protection service. Small businesses have recently become a prime target for hackers since they are aware that most of the businesses do not deploy the protection necessary to discourage intrusions.
Also, during the maintenance and monitoring process, a network security protection service will perform periodic follow up assessments to ensure everything is functioning as it should. The provider will also take care of all of your patch management, software updates, email security, and workstation maintenance tasks.
In most cases, deploying a network security protection service also helps you to save on costs. For a small business, this is an invaluable resource since you are not required to invest in expensive technology. Plus, you can still remain in compliance with data security regulations and licensing requirements.
If you are considering using a network security protection service, feel free to contact Thrive Networks today to discover what your options are for an enterprise-class security design.