The number one priority for IT providers around the country is the ability to provide the very best MSP security available. As you know, cyber attacks happen on a daily basis and are increasingly becoming more complex and dangerous. Understanding the various security loopholes is the first step in addressing a severe problem. Here are a few ways a managed service provider can keep endpoints security and avoid losing valuable data due to a cyber attack or a mass data breach:
One of the best ways to secure endpoints is to do routine audits. An audit typically consists of scanning workstations and servers to look for any unexpected changes in hardware or software. Any suspicious changes need to be documented and investigated further. Keeping track of various assets will give you a good idea if you need to install any additional upgrades or if everything is up to industry standards.
Monitor Software and Hardware
A primary job of MSP security is around-the-clock monitoring of all software and hardware. For example, any unusual server activity must be investigated immediately and shut down to isolate the problem before it spreads to other areas. Around-the-clock monitoring will also enable you to repair any issues before significant problems develop and cause a company large amounts of downtime.
Identity and Access Management
An IT provider must always be aware of who has access to sensitive areas. Typically, it is a major red flag if another user is trying to access an area that isn’t available to most users. Keeping an eye on who is accessing different areas is an excellent way to be proactive and prevent any major problems from occurring.
Anti-virus and Anti-malware Programs
As you know, new viruses and malware programs are created on a daily basis to steal valuable information and wreak havoc on as many users as possible. Routinely providing security updates to anti-virus and anti-malware programs will provide your clients with the best protection available. Scanning each computer every night is an excellent way to find any issues (small or large) before they become more serious.
Backup and Recovery Solutions
Are you prepared in the event of a disaster? Disaster can happen at any moment. Whether it is a natural disaster, mass data loss, or even a cyber attack. Fortunately, the use of data backup and recovery services will enable you to restore lost data in a matter of minutes. Backing up data each night through cloud technology is a great way to ensure your client is protected if disaster ever strikes.
The ability to manage various forms of software is a key component of any IT provider. Providing regular software updates and the latest patches will ensure everything is working with the newest technology. Software management is an ongoing process that can lengthen the life of computers and make everything run much smoother. On the other hand, IT providers that fail to manage software are much more likely to experience lengthy amounts of downtime that is costly for you and your clients.
Protecting endpoints is the primary function of an MSP security team. Whether it is a small business or large corporation, using these tips will enable you to provide the best protection possible. As you know, the IT world is constantly changing, and an IT provider must continually evolve to offer the best services available. Endpoint protection is a 24-hour job for 365 days of the year. Providing the best protection will build trust with your clients and help you reach new clients. Diligently following these practices will enable you to offer the ultimate endpoint protection for businesses of all sizes and to be a leading provider in the IT industry.