With more employees working from home and many businesses overextended as they struggle to cope with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, hackers are gaining ground with a new spate of cyberattacks.
Not only have some 91% of companies reported an increase in cybercrime but many — up to 89% — realized gaps in business recovery planning and their IT operations as well, opening the door to a variety of cybersecurity issues.
Many of these issues stem from a work-from-home workforce and hard to manage environments that offer an advantage to attackers.
Some of this stems from broken business processes that have too many individuals in charge of keeping vulnerabilities in check. When unremediated, security vulnerabilities open doors for hackers by offering access to malware like ransom- and spyware.
However, there are many tools available to businesses that couple more secure environments with one-point infrastructure management and maintenance for unparalleled security. One of the most common, and cost-effective, ways of improving your resistance to cyber threats is by engaging the help of a robust Managed IT program.
Managed IT and Disaster Recovery — Your Key to Surviving a Security Breach
Managed IT programs are geared toward giving companies access to state-of-the-art infrastructure and applications with one point of contact to ensure all systems are running optimally — and securely.
Managed services providers (MSPs) have a complete range of tools to help them provide the most secure environment for your critical data as well as a foolproof plan to return you to business in the event of a breach.
Here’s how they accomplish this:
- Cloud-based Architecture
Your MSP can help you place your information in a cloud-based environment to protect against emerging threats. The advantage?
Cloud providers use their platforms to host their business services, so they have a vested interest in steadily securing the platform to increase cyber-resilience.
That means they are very consistent with their security practices and compliance methods, investing in adherence to regulatory standards, and offering not only accountability but transparency as well.
- Edge-to-Edge Ecosystem Management
Whether your infrastructure includes cloud-only, on-site only, or a hybrid of the two, your Managed IT partner can offer all the processes, tools, and applications you need to meet your business objectives.
Also, they provide management of all infrastructure, hard- and software, security, and storage that encompasses your system so there is one point of contact for all your IT needs.
This is particularly important when managing endpoint security with a remote workforce, Internet of Things (IoT) considerations, or a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environment.
- Disaster Recovery Planning
Cyberthreats are continually emerging, and sometimes they break through even the best of security. That is why it is critical to have a well-developed disaster recovery plan to get your small business back on track in the event of a breach.
Your Managed IT partner will help develop a comprehensive plan to protect your business — and your data — from permanent harm. While these plans come with a set of comprehensive protocols that touch all areas of business, they at least contain the following fail-safes:
- Redundant storage and/or backups
- Protocols for desktop and mobile devices, including IoT and BYODs
- Strategies for data capture and backups
- Strategies for the main site and branch offices
- Strategies for communication, employee education, and best practices
Having a strong disaster recovery plan ensures that even if your business is the victim of a data breach, your operations will be back up and running as quickly as possible, providing your team with fast access to critical data.
Perry proTECH Provides Managed IT You Can Trust
At Perry proTECH we stay on the cutting edge of emerging cybersecurity issues so we can provide our Managed IT clients with state-of-the-art support and security for their businesses.
Our team of IT professionals will expertly assess your current infrastructure and provide an in-depth analysis of your system. Once we understand your business goals and challenges, we will create a custom-tailored IT solution that targets your concerns and builds a strong framework for business success.
Then, and perhaps most importantly, we will continuously monitor and maintain your system to the highest level of security and optimization, providing a strong disaster recovery plan to guide your organization safely back to business in the event of a breach.
Ready to experience the efficiency and security a robust Managed IT program can provide? Contact a Perry proTECH consultant and let our IT experts create a custom-tailored plan for you today.