Businesses are constantly bombarded by security threats: hackers, viruses and malware, computing devices that are lost or stolen, and even inappropriate staff access. As threats continue to evolve, a service provider can help organizations increase their security and take advantage of the latest technologies.
Within the security services market, there are five typical areas of focus.
1 – Data Loss Prevention (DLP)
Secure your most sensitive data with DLP technology, which encrypts data on an array of devices, including computers, mobile devices, networked systems and removable media and storage devices. DLP software and appliances allow you to create security policies and classify what data is sensitive. The technology then monitors the network and users’ devices and prevents the transfer of that data over e-mail, instant messaging and removable storage devices.
2 – IP Surveillance
You can protect your workers and safeguard offices and parking lots with IP surveillance cameras. The technology, which operates on local area networks (LANs) and wireless networks, offers more features and is less expensive than traditional closed circuit
Through management software, staffers can view the cameras live from web browsers. And if a crime occurs, archived footage stored on servers or other storage devices can help authorities capture the culprits. Some IP-based cameras have built-in motion detectors, can detect audio, and can connect to alarms and access control systems.
3 – Risk Assessment and Compliance
A service vendor can perform a comprehensive risk assessment to identify and document the vulnerabilities in your environment and then recommend a remediation plan to secure your infrastructure.
4 – Secure Remote Access
With more employees working remotely or teleworking, remote access technologies, such as virtual private networks (VPNs), are critical for allowing workers to securely connect to network resources.
Other remote access technologies include network access control (NAC) software and hardware, which ensure that user devices are in compliance and have the latest security patches and virus definitions before they are allowed onto the network. In addition, IT departments can deploy hardware tokens for two-factor authentication, such as key fobs that randomly generate one-time passwords.
5 – Threat Prevention
This multi-layer security strategy uses a suite of products to minimize security risks, safeguard data and block access to questionable websites. Technologies include firewalls; intrusion detection systems and content-filtering appliances on the network; and personal firewalls, antivirus and anti-spyware software on desktops.
Security Services Offerings
Security specialists at IT service companies maintain the highest security certifications and offer best-of-breed tools to assist you with every phase of your security deployment.
Service provider technicians can offer remote vulnerability assessments and use software tools to remotely probe your network and systems to identify holes and vulnerabilities. They can also offer more in-depth onsite assessments that review your overall security posture, including physical security.