Do you have information about your business, operations, clients, vendors, and employees that shouldn't or mustn't be leaked? Do you have information that would be worth (tens of) thousands of dollars to get back if you suddenly lost access to it? Data breaches and ransomware are happening on a massive level. On average it takes ninety-nine days to detect a data breach. Imagine what a hacker could do in ninety-nine days with unfettered access to your systems, applications, and data.
The security of your business systems and information is critical to your operational integrity. Any business, regardless of size, accumulates a massive amount of data logs. Analyzing this data is tedious, time-consuming, and just plain difficult. Businesses without a contracted Managed Service Provide, or MSP, probably don’t do it at all. Businesses with a couple dedicate IT staff probably still don’t have enough manpower to go through the endless event logs and information security data, forget about finding irregularities.
Your MSP works as your business’s IT department or as an extension of your internal IT team. Their goal is to provide network, system, application, support, and service. This usually includes updates and security patches. When it comes to cybersecurity, most MSPs provide their clients with a basic firewall and anti-virus. For the last several years, technology and cybersecurity professionals have acknowledged that a firewall and anti-virus is not enough to protect business networks from evolving cybersecurity threats. To fill this gap, Managed Security Service Providers (MSSP) was established.
MSSPs use a variety of tools, but two typically take center stage, SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) and SOC (Security Operations Center).
A Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solution enables cybersecurity professionals to achieve a greater level of oversight and threat detection by aggregating all security information through a single umbrella platform. By compiling massive amounts of data from servers, firewalls, devices, user activity, domain controllers, switches, and routers, a holistic analysis of your business network system is achievable. Additionally, the benefits of SIEM solutions extend beyond cybersecurity. The information collected by SIEM technology can be used to optimize network configuration and close gaps in production efficiency, as well as localize and eliminate security and data threats.
A Security Operations Center, or SOC, is a series of systems and dedicated specialists who work together to detect, analyze, respond, report, and prevent cybersecurity threats. Additionally, a SOC can include advanced forensic analysis, cryptanalysis, and malware reverse engineering to analyze incidents. A key benefit of a SOC is that it provides 24/7 monitoring and analysis.
SOC personnel monitoring your network activity learn the regular patterns of usage and understand your network's unique digital environment. This in-depth understanding means that irregular behavior can be identified and remediated before it damages your organization.
Some businesses require the additional layer of security provided by a SOC because it puts human eyes on your network traffic and data usage. They require this security through regulation or because of the sensitive nature of their data and transactional work.
IntelliSystems is a technology company above and beyond traditional IT management. We seamlessly blend IT support with industry-leading cybersecurity best practices. By combining MSP services with MSSP, we have complex security systems, protocols, tools, and specialized personnel. We can monitor, analyze, and secure more of your business’s information system and data. We are able to recognize patterns of irregular behavior. We can identify threats and mitigate risk faster with better accuracy.