John Wachira
John Wachira Cyber Security Product Lead

With threats continually evolving at alarming rates, how assured are you of your organisation’s ability to identify and respond to cyberattacks?

Newsrooms and the internet are full of reports of security breaches and cybercrime incidents. Yet, despite knowing about the numerous threats in the cyber realm that pose a risk to their operations and reputation, many organisations either bury their heads in the sand or handle security matters casually. This passivity is what eventually leads to breaches.

If you’re online, you’re a target

The rapid pace of digital development has changed the way we do business, enabling us to develop new business models, products and services – but it’s also created complex and sophisticated security issues.

Business assets that were once physical are now accessible online, in the cloud, and from multiple, individual, bring-your-own (BYO) devices. Customer databases and portals are vulnerable to cyberthreats, presenting cybercriminals with new opportunities for theft and fraud.

If your business is online, it’s a target for cyberattacks. But with relevant insight and business intelligence, you can be prepared to address these cyberthreats as they arise and respond quickly and effectively.

A job for the experts

Most organisations can’t afford to set up a fully-fledged cybersecurity division, so either ignore cybersecurity altogether until they’re breached or look to their IT departments to meet their security needs, which has its own ramifications.

Cybersecurity is broad and highly technical. Assigning responsibility for cybersecurity to your IT department is a big ask and can do more harm than good. Most internal IT functions simply aren’t equipped to keep up with the evolving threat landscape and implement measures for detection and containment – which makes your organisation vulnerable to sophisticated cyberattacks.

You need the right skills to protect your systems, networks and programs from digital attacks – and these skills don’t come cheap. It can take years to hone these skills in-house so you’re able to prioritise and address cybersecurity issues effectively. Organisations that try to establish their own cybersecurity departments come to this realisation very quickly.

Covering all the bases

The good news is that outsourcing cybersecurity to qualified and skilled providers on retainer is less expensive than having full time cybersecurity staff on the payroll.

Hiring a cybersecurity firm does not mean giving up control of your infrastructure and operations. Rather, it ensures that you’re proactive about your organisation’s security and remain resilient in the event a breach.

Look for a reputable provider that offers a complete cybersecurity and resilience suite, including continuous monitoring and managed security services, and is committed to keeping you secure and making your relationship work.

From reactive to resilient

Delegating your security functions to managed security providers who have a team of experts monitoring your security operations 24/7 increases the chances of identifying and responding to threats in real time. This initiates your transition from traditional cybersecurity to cyber resilience, allowing to you proactively address threats before they cause disruption or damage.

The outsourced managed security provider becomes a virtual extension of your internal resources. They will partner with IT and other relevant departments to improve your overall cybersecurity posture.

A managed security service will give you access to cybersecurity personnel on demand. This removes the need to invest in skills training and staffing internally, and easing the burden of IT teams who had been tasked with managing security. Outsourcing cybersecurity is also reinforced by non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and service level agreements (SLAs).

Internet Solutions (IS) offers managed security services prudently designed to help organisations navigate the vast territory of cyberspace. We can help you assess security risks, promptly detect and respond to threats, and comply with regulatory requirements.

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