According to a PricewaterhouseCoopers survey, in 2014, 69% of business executives expressed concern about cyber threats, including a lack of data security. In 2015, an updated survey increased that number to 86%.1 These numbers indicate that it’s clear there’s a pressing need for better cybersecurity. The issue is not going away anytime soon. If anything, it’s only getting worse.
Stronger cybersecurity has become a global priority over the last few years as hackers penetrate the IT infrastructure of government and enterprises with increasing frequency and sophistication. According to a study conducted by the Identify Theft Resources Center, the total number of data breaches reported in the US grew from approximately 400 in 2011 to approximately 750 in 2015. This represents an increase of more than 60% and does not include breaches that went unreported—a fgure that is likely much higher.1 Coupled with the Internet of Things (IoT) and the explosive growth of mobile devices, the threat landscape and potential for data leaks is even more significant
Partnering with a Managed Services Provider (MSP) that focuses on IT security can bolster your cybersecurity defenses. This is especially true when it comes to end user error. All the tools and solutions in the world won’t protect your business from every attack. Human error is still highly dangerous, and many employees grow complacent at some point as they fail to follow best practices.
Here’s a sampling of the benefts a mobile device management MSP can provide:
• Keeps employee devices updated with the latest antivirus and antimalware software.
• Applies updates to programs and applications when new versions and fxes become available.
• Applies operating system patches when frst available on a regular schedule that you can confgure.
• Provides security assessments to identify weaknesses in your existing mobile security program.
• Offers guidance on how to mitigate any mobile security program risks
As your business begins the journey to enhance its cybersecurity posture, it all starts with educating your employees. The tips provided within this eBook along with some basic common sense can go a long way in making sure sensitive information does not fall into the wrong hands.
Succeeding in applying the necessary cybersecurity measures is paramount to your long-term business success. In today’s world of advanced hackers, who revel in breaching corporate networks, confdential information will always be at risk. Businesses must take the necessary steps to protect their intellectual property, their confdential information and their reputations while also safeguarding their employees, customers and business partners.
Proactively identify and thwart potential attacks as well as react expediently if a successful attack occurs. This is where a managed IT services provider can assist. They eliminate the need for your business to keep up on the latest antivirus, antimalware and alert technologies. You also don’t need to expend the necessary resource time to deploy and manage such solutions, which often fall beyond the bandwidth and expertise of internal teams.