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Where Your Managed Security Provider Can Help

The trouble with cyber security is that malicious actors are always evolving, developing new threats faster than many businesses can keep up. Data breaches and system downtime can cost thousands, tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars per day, and staying ahead of the 8-ball requires a proactive approach.

Working with a managed security provider is the only way businesses have to gain peace of mind and an ability to focus on their critical goals. Four of the latest trends in cyber security are related to closing this vulnerability gap. As the threat landscape has evolved, so too have the strategies to combat it.

Bridging the Cyber Security Skills Gap

The cyber security skills gap can be thought of in two ways. First, you have an increasingly complicated environment that is difficult to keep up with. It used to be that business owners themselves could manage the security of their organization. A good analogy would be to a retail store in the old West. A few good locks and some physical security was easy enough to control.  The trouble is that, today, the solutions to security threats are quite advanced while a business leader has more to focus on with their organization. Put simply, there is a chasm between the owner’s skills and the security skills necessary.

The second way to think of this skills gap is that there is a shortage of cyber security professionals businesses can hire. Filling out an internal IT staff is more difficult and expensive than ever, meaning that securing a partnership with a managed security provider is the best way to stay safe.

1. Cyber Security Automation and AI

Because the skills gap is poised to do nothing but widen into the future, security professionals are turning to modern automated tools to continue to serve their clients in an effective way. Today, integrating security directly into a business’ processes and workflows is an essential part of keeping the organization safe and manage risk. 

Advances in artificial intelligence are also playing a role as cybercriminals use newly created tools rooted in machine learning to bypass traditional security systems. Nothing says “skills gap” like AI, but businesses can’t afford to ignore the cutting edge.

2. Mobile Cyber Security and IoT Solutions

Business data is today distributed in a way it never was in the past. It would have been difficult to imagine 20 or even 10 years ago how mobile technology would be integrated into modern operations. Mobile malware has yet to present a major threat to business data, but going forward this area is ripe for attack.

With IoT (Internet of Things) growing as an integrated part of business, the number of security vulnerabilities has multiplied. From phones to routers to kitchen appliances, organizations’ cyber security needs now extend far beyond the workstation.

3. 2 Factor Authentication

2 factor authentication refers to a login method for a given system that requires two distinct elements. The first is usually the password everyone knows and loves, but is augmented by another layer: biometrics or verification on a second device. 

The basic breakdown is that there are three factors: something you know (a pin or password), something you have (a verification code sent to a secondary device), or something you are (your fingerprint). This is further elaborated on in our blog on the topic. The gist is that, especially for critical systems, a single factor like a password is not enough and is easily hacked.

Cyber security future trends are always evolving, and it’s necessary for organizations to keep up. This can be rather difficult without utilizing a managed security provider like Virtual Technologies Group.

Managed Security From Virtual Technologies Group

Our approach to cybersecurity takes a holistic approach that covers each and every aspect of your organization. What we’re delivering is peace of mind, freeing you from technical questions like, “Is 2 factor authentication secure?” and allowing you to focus on the needs of your organization. 

Instead of resigning to risk and the changing threat landscape, or even just burying your head in the sand, why not reach out and see what a difference we can make for your organization? Let us close the cyber security skills gap while you focus on mission-critical goals

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