In the corporate environment, cyber-threats are becoming more and more sophisticated, security standards more complex and budgets tighter and tighter.
The world of technology in the workplace is no longer just restricted to servers, workstations or email accounts – instead we need to consider mobile devices and the culture of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Companies also need to be aware of problems that may arise from new trends such as social media and the impact that all of this can have on the security of our corporate networks.
This places great stress on businesses when it comes to the monitoring and management of information security.
What are managed security services?
There is a new series of products emerging – Managed Security Services. This includes typical services such as antiviruses, firewalls, intrusion detection, updates, content filters and security audits – while also embracing the new needs that businesses have, based on these services being managed by a third-party who assumes responsibility for the function and monitoring of these services at all times.
A study carried out last year in the USA, UK, Canada, and Germany showed that 74% of organisations were still managing their own security systems, but that 82% of IT professionals were working or had thought about working, for a company that provided security management services.
Advantages of managed security systems
- These service providers help to mitigate the risks and by opting for this service companies have many advantages. The first, and most obvious, is the relative cost – contracting a managed security service usually costs less than investing in personnel, software, and hardware.
- Currently there is a shortage of people that are qualified to deal with cyber-security and this puts stress on IT departments, to keep a quota of trained and competent staff members. Being equipped with a dedicated team to take on these tasks can be a strain for some businesses, but is rather feasible for managed security providers. By outsourcing these tasks, a company can focus its attention on more critical aspects of the business.
- These services offer “round-the-clock” monitoring, which is something that most businesses can’t provide. Most companies are restricted to the typical working hours that are in place.
- Companies will also able to observe the efficiency in which the security providers work – it’s hard for an organisation to follow up on all new threats and potential vulnerabilities as they arise, as well as keeping up to date with security tools. Security providers, however, are in contact with international experts which strengthens their know-how and their ability to react. Many of these service providers have had the chance to work side-by-side with law enforcement agencies, which means that they have an advantage when it comes to completing forensic analyses in court cases.
Adaptive Defense as a managed security service
Panda Security offers it’s very own self-managed security solution, Adaptive Defense. Thanks to the latest cloud computing technologies (based on Machine Learning techniques and Big Data) developed by Panda, Adaptive Defense is capable of automatically classifying all running applications on the system without the need for any user intervention.
Adaptive Defense is also a solution that has zero impact on the customer’s infrastructure, because it is being operated from a centralised web console that secures Windows workstations, servers, cell phones and remote offices.