Has your firm received a security compliance survey from a potential or current client? The answer several years ago was most likely no. Today, however, it is most likely yes.
Information security is one of the top priorities of most organizations today. Securing networks and the data that travels through them is of paramount concern, and rightfully so. From data recovery expenses to potential lawsuits and from the loss of client trust to the hours of patching vulnerabilities, the cost of cleanup after a breach can be astronomical. Taking proactive measures to enhance your firm's security may be costly, but that cost is quickly recovered if even one attempted breach is prevented.
Security is a multifaceted program, constantly evolving and changing. Understanding the various elements is the first step in applying enhanced protections for your firm.
A properly implemented enhanced security posture requires applying best practices to each of the above areas. Neglect any of them, and your firm will remain vulnerable. The predominant threat in today's society is social engineering, and it really underscores the need for a 360-degree enhanced security posture. In cybersecurity, social engineering is the act of manipulating people into unknowingly divulging information, allowing hackers access to systems, and it is the most effective and most common way a firm is breached. No matter how secure your environment may be, one password in the wrong hands exposes your entire firm, your data and your clients to risk.
Establishing a security policy for end users and educating and holding them accountable for adhering to the policy form the foundation of a secure system.
Firms of any size have a resource available that can help them understand and implement the necessary changes, educate end users and more. They are called Managed Services Providers, or MSPs. MSPs are external technology services companies that may provide full-service support, consulting services, security services and more. Not all MSPs are created equal, however. With the heightened awareness and focus on security over the last few years, there has been a major push in the MSP industry to offer security services. Many MSPs provide security services, but be careful in selecting the right MSP for the task and your firm.
An MSP that has a specialty in, or practice group focused on, security is the first place to start. Find an MSP that knows and actively practices security in its own environment and with clients. Verify its staff has industry-recognized security credentials. Get references from its clients regarding security to establish a track record of success. Focus on MSPs that know your industry, know security compliance requirements for the industry and can craft a start-to-finish security policy for your firm.