Keeping your business safe from cyberattacks can be one of the biggest challenges that you face, so knowing who to partner with for services and solutions can make all the difference. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing between security partners such as the service options they offer, the certifications they have, and even their reputation.
Because you can outsource part of all your Information Technology security needs, you can find providers which offer everything from all the security you would ever need to those who focus in one or two narrow areas. For instance, some cyber security companies will specialize in threat analysis, giving your IT department a detailed report of potential risks for your company to address on your own.
Some of the threats that your company might face include who has access to your data, who can gain access through an attack and which malicious software you are vulnerable to. For example, with privileged identity management services from your provider, you can establish privileged access to various areas and manage that access after someone leaves the company, when the access is used improperly and much more.
The right certifications and experience can help make your security solutions better for your individual company. This means looking at both the certifications each company has earned from accredited institutions as well as the amount of experience it has working with companies in your industry. Most companies will have these displayed on their websites or easily available when you ask to see them. You can also ask about the types of training that their personnel go through and what types your employees will need to work well with them and your security solutions.
You will also want to research which industries your potential partners have experience working with. Restaurant chains will have different cyber security risks and solutions than law firms, but both will need a customizable and risk-based security solution.
It can be relatively easy to find a solutions package designed to be sold to a company as a whole with all of the bells and whistles, but you do not always need all of that and it can actually do more harm than good in the long run. Finding a firm with a knowledge that security should be risk-based means getting a solutions package with everything that you need, after a thorough analysis of your system and needs is conducted. This means a more customized approach that addresses your unique needs.
Technology is an important factor in cyber security as the attacks you are likely to face involve the latest in hardware, software, and techniques. This means finding a security expert to work with to determine which technology solutions will offer you coverage with no gaps or overlaps.
Having the right technology and solutions also means that they are scalable to meet the needs of your company as it grows and changes. You may have one location now, but plan to open another in the future and your cyber security partner should be able to scale up their solutions to cover the risks of both locations.
Researching the reputation and customer satisfaction of each company you are considering partnering with can help you know what you are getting into when it comes to the security of your data as well as how helpful the firm will be when you have problems or questions. You can find some of this out by asking for references or reading testimonials.
Finding the right cyber security solutions for your company can help you evaluate your risks, minimize them as much as possible and even stop attacks before they get out of hand. This means researching various firms before partnering with them and conducting a thorough interview which includes future scalability, current approaches to assess and protect your data, and much more.