How to choose an outsourced computer security service provider

How to choose an outsourced computer security service provider

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Daven Michaels

New York Times Bestselling Author, 30-year business veteran, and Executive Chairman of CurrentC Group.

A lot of companies today provide managed security services, including giants like Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Verizon. You’ll probably want to select a company with technology that can meet your specific security needs and that would provide a consistent and responsive support team. If your business handles financial or medical data, your provider should be the kind that would help you comply with data-security regulations.

Many managers get nervous at the thought of turning over their computer security to an outside firm. This is because they must give up direct control of critical systems. But this is necessary because it typically brings better security at a lower cost, according to industry watchers. Good security staff is hard to find, even if you can afford to hire

Security-service firms, however, already have experts who work for them. They are likely to have employed people who have worked with other companies in your industry facing similar risks and challenges.

Basic Security Needs

If your plan is to outsource your basic security needs, perhaps, including your network defence and the devices on it, as well as the filtering of your email for spam, scams and malware — you probably should consider one of these soup-to-nuts services. Many of these companies offer cloud services that monitor your systems by running your traffic through their data centers before it comes to you. They will install equipment on your network that automatically sends data to them for analysis and investigation before forwarding. Other providers combine in-house and cloud technologies in their methods.

Security Software for Small Businesses

There are companies serving small businesses in areas of security-software. Giants such as McAfee Inc and Symantec Corp are great names to consider. There are also other specialized service providers to choose from, including Perimeter E-Security, Solutionary Inc and Dell’s SecureWorks Inc.

Website Security

If securing your website is what you’re concerned about, you might consider some new startups who offer specialized technology to sites of all types and sizes. Some include CloudFlare Inc. and Incapusla Inc. They are able to block security threats to sites while at the same time, boosting the site’s speed and performance.

Programs from Dasient Inc. help keep malicious ads and programs off your site. Firms such as Prolexic Technologies also defend sites from so-called denial of service attacks, or floods of bogus traffic that make a site unavailable to visitors.

You don’t have to fend off cybercriminals all by yourself. There are plenty of services that can give your company effective protection at a reasonable cost.

Daven Michaels is a New York Times Best Selling Author and CEO of the premier global outsourcing company, 123Employee. The company employs hundreds of young bright individuals on three continents. His International event, Beyond Marketing Live! Inspires entrepreneurs to build & grow their business with revolutionary new theories and systems allowing them to design the business and personal lifestyle of their dreams.

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