What is Your Network’s “Normal?”

Managed_SecurityIf you know your IT network, recognizing when something is out of the ordinary might be one of your best lines of defense in tracking down the issue and rooting out the cause.

But many small to mid-sized businesses don’t have the staff or the resources to study what the organization’s systems and networks do each day to know what “normal” is, making it difficult to recognize issues that should take priority.

SMBs – and even the companies they hire to track compliance or security once a year – lack an accurate knowledge of what is on their networks because they don’t track assets or understand their baseline traffic.

For example, in 2015, cyber criminals launched a Trojan and Botnet attack that took remote control of computers at more than 100 banking institutions, siphoning off billions of dollars into fraudulent accounts. Had the banks IT teams understood the importance of baselines, the monetary losses would have been recognized sooner and stopped.

So how does an SMB with limited resources and staff get to know their networks?

One solution is a Managed Security Solutions Provider (MSSP). An MSSP can get to know both your company and your assets and baselines to help you determine what “normal” is.

An MSSP helps you quickly, easily and cost effectively deploy all the security controls you need to detect, analyze, log, monitor and react to threats, ensuring that your most important IT assets are always protected.

Many MSSPs can offer a predictable monthly fee that allows you to manage your costs while allowing professionals to monitor your network and gather security intelligence.

Log monitoring, behavioral monitoring, asset discovery, vulnerability assessment and threat detection should round out the list of a solid, but fully-customizable, service that can help you meet compliance requirements or improve your security posture.

Let Sword & Shield secure your future. Our MSSP service allows you to focus on your business while we secure your data. To learn more, call us at 865-244-3500 or email us at secureme@swordshield.com.


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