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Digital Transformation with Managed Cyber Security Services
Digital transformation is necessary for businesses, but it comes with security challenges. Read this blog to find out how managed security services enable it.
Enabling The Digital Transformation With Managed Security Services
Business owners across all industries are rushing to breathe new life into their companies through digital transformation initiatives. For many, this used to be only a passing thought or an idea for the future, but the pandemic in 2020-2021 has made it a necessity. Businesses have been forced to retool their processes virtually overnight.
However, there are enterprises that get overwhelmed by the security risks of digitization before they can even start enjoying the benefits of the digital move. The fact is, a business’ security has many moving parts. Most business owners aren’t aware of some of those parts, so they can’t adequately plan for them.
This is where managed information technology (IT) service providers, particularly those in digital security, come into play. They have the expertise, experience, and ability to help companies in their digital transformation efforts. This blog looks at several ways that ways managed security services enable and support digital change.
Helping With Big Data Management Challenges
Business data continue to snowball in variety and volume. This results from the various methods of collecting data for better insight that’d enable smarter decisions. Unstructured data such as images, audio, and video are now easier to generate, store, or transmit than ever before. With this amount of information, it becomes impractical for companies to rely on traditional technology for data security.
As data are moving and being distributed across online or cloud workflows and processes, visibility becomes poor. It’s difficult to assess, identify, and prioritize vulnerabilities effectively. In addition, there can be laxity in adhering to security guidelines and best practices. Things such as routine audits can become a considerable challenge.
With managed security services, you’re assured of 24/7 data visibility, data management, and regular data security.
They also help you store, organize, and manage data more effectively to minimize security risks.
Solving The IT Security Maintenance Challenge
Managing digital infrastructure comes at a higher cost than managing traditional technology. IT networks are more complex, requiring dedicated staff and resources to maintain them. That means a large portion of the IT budget goes toward labor. However, most IT teams aren’t well equipped to manage and maintain a secure IT infrastructure, resource- and skill-wise.
Underfunded IT teams won’t have the resources to upskill or keep up with the latest security methods. Since they lack the necessities to help them quickly identify and sort out problems, the result is a compromised IT infrastructure. Issues such as timely updates, patch management, and infrastructure audits can easily fall into the background.
This creates a set of new security issues. Fortunately, partnering with a managed security service provider helps you put those issues behind you. First, they’re more cost-effective than maintaining an in-house IT team. Second, they stay up to date with the latest IT network security issues.
Managed security services are excellent at managing your digital infrastructure. They monitor and take all the necessary measures to ensure that your IT network is secure. Better and safer digital business networks create a good environment for in-house and remote teams alike to work.
High Availability And Downtime Management
According to research, up to 84% of businesses fail in their digital change attempts. Among the top reasons for these failures is system downtime. Regardless of whether your digital solution is cloud-based or on-premise, this risk is real. Downtimes are a recipe for security breaches and similar risks. (1)
But you can set your business apart by utilizing managed security services. Reduce the security risks from downtime with quality system management that improves operational performance, efficiency, reliability, and productivity. Managed security service providers are reachable and available to sort any issue and have your processes up and running as soon as possible.
They provide failover mechanisms that ensure your operations continue seamlessly in case of any hitches, system failure, or disaster. Recovering faster is crucial to business continuity and excellent customer experience.
Effective Security Training
Employees are a huge part of the success and implementation of a digital move. The human factor contributes to many security breaches and risks. If not well trained and updated on emerging digital security risks, staff members might end up harming your business assets and information.
Managed services take a proactive approach toward ensuring the security of business data, information, and networks. This includes employee security awareness training that helps your team quickly identify and avoid common security threats. Also, these service providers can assist you in coming up with appropriate policies and guidelines to guide your employees on the best security practices.
Digital change comes with numerous benefits to businesses. Those include lower IT budgets, better workflows, team collaboration, and accessibility from anywhere. However, they also come with new security challenges. Managed security services enable faster implementation and more effective and secure digital processes. Digital transformation drives your business to a brighter future, and managed security services are the perfect fuel for that journey.