IT security has become a crucial part of any organization, due to constantly evolving technology, and more extreme cyber threats. According to a study done by Databasix, every 39 seconds there is a cyber-attack. When it comes to cybersecurity readiness, the question is not “if” but “when” a security incident will occur. Many organizations who work with a managed IT partner use them for general break/fix support, but it is important to consider if your IT partner has a focus on security. An IT provider with security in mind should have the security compliance certifications, knowledge and understanding to ensure your organization is protected from cyber threats. Below are three cybersecurity controls a managed IT partner should offer to improve security within your organization:  

 Improve Security with EDR – The Next Generation of Antivirus Software 

Antivirus software has been the main combatant against security threats for decades, however with cyber-attacks rapidly evolving, it is becoming difficult for the classic antivirus software to recognize new threats. Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) is considered antivirus 2.0 because it is far more advanced than basic antivirus software. EDR is behavioral based, meaning that instead of looking at what type of security threat is being used, it looks at the behavior taking place. It uses profiling to track any suspicious behavior and finds the root of the issue to prevent any further attacks. A managed IT provider with security in mind should be able implement these cybersecurity controls, update them continually, and track the data they provide in order to prevent cyber-attacks within your organization.  

Train Employees to Become the First Line of Defense Against Cyber Threats  

 One of the most effective ways to protect your organization against cyber threats is end user cybersecurity  According to a study done by Stanford University Professor Jeff Hancock, it was found that 88% of data breach incidents are caused by mistakes employees make. Many cybersecurity threats can be avoided by simply adding password requirements and teaching employees about common cyber-attacks such as phishing emails. End User Security Training helps to educate and involve your employees as the first line of defense for your organization. It is crucial that everyone within the organization has a stake in securing company information and learning how to be more alert of potential threats and attacks. An IT provider with security in mind should offer end user security training as well as resources and education for your employees to ensure you are securing your organization from all possible threats.    

Chose an IT Provider with Security Compliance Certifications and Expertise 

When partnering with an IT provider or evaluating your current provider, security compliance certifications are a leading indicator of how familiar they are with current security protocols. Because technology is ever-changing, so are cybersecurity controls and requirements.  Depending on what industry your business is in, your organization will have different security requirements and compliance standards to meet. No matter what your organization needs, it is important that the managed IT partner you work with understands how to protect and improve the security of your organization, sensitive data and classified information.  

CompuData is SOC II certified as well as a certified RPO with a team of security experts and CMMC Certified Practitioners. We are a well-versed IT Company in Philadelphia with security in mind who can provide a full technology solution, so you do not have to outsource your security needs. Whether you are looking for an assessment, security planning or implementation, or cybersecurity support; our technology experts can help. 

Security is a huge concern for many organizations, and it is important that your organization is properly protected against cyber threats. Partnering with an IT provider that can understand your daily workflows, compliance needs, and support several security solutions will help eliminate the need for your organization to hire additional cybersecurity resources (personnel or providers) and will work to combat and prevent cybersecurity threats.

CompuData Managed IT Services combine best-in-class IT and help desk support with cloud support, management, implementation, and security services. We are one provider for managed IT, cloud, and security so you will never outgrow our services. CompuData offers IT Security solutions that extend beyond traditional data protection. We offer a comprehensive solution and train your team to help protect you against cyber threats. We take a proactive approach that offers flexibility and scalability to strategically protect your company.

If you would like to learn more about how  CompuData can help your organization monitor, identify, and prevent cyber-attacks, email us!    

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Author: Madison Liloia

Madison is a marketing professional who recently graduated from the Fox School of Business at Temple University. She joined Compudata in 2020 as the Marketing Coordinator, working directly with all departments of the company. She considers herself a lifelong learner and is passionate about helping others. Her background includes experience in technology and software solutions, mainly in the product marketing and communications field. She is a South Jersey native but now lives in Philadelphia and enjoys exploring the city, her favorite restaurant being Barcelona Wine Bar in East Passyunk.