Managed network security solutions can be of immense value to any business, whatever its size. Even a larger business, which has its own IT department, may not have the specialist expertise needed to manage its computer security for itself. In this kind of situation, it can make good business sense to consider managed network security solutions from a specialist firm. These solutions can take various forms, as follows:

  • Penetration testing: This is the classic method of testing the security of a computer network, whereby expert penetration testers attempt to breach the network’s safeguards using the same tools and techniques as are used by criminal hackers (but without themselves causing any damage). It’s considered best practice to commission regular penetration testing, and especially after any major change in the configuration of the computer network.
  • Managed web application scanning: Although not strictly network-related, this managed security solution can test the security of your website and web applications. This is especially important if your website is large and complex, and should ideally take place at least every month. Similarly, web applications can be scanned for vulnerabilities such as input validation, poor coding practices and weak configuration management. A “blended” service will combine an automated scan for common vulnerabilities with a manual in-depth scan of certain areas, for the greatest possible cost-effectiveness.
  • Managed network vulnerability assessment: This service complements your regular penetration tests, by scanning the entire network for known vulnerabilities on at least a monthly basis. This is cheaper than a full penetration test, while still identifying weaknesses that could be exploited by criminals. It forms a cost-effective solution for organisations that do not require the very highest levels of computer security.

Since the requirements are not considered full-time, there is no need for a dedicated member of staff, unless your company computer systems are uncommonly extensive and complex. This means that managed network security solutions from a specialist firm can deliver all the computer security that most organisations require, without the need for in-house expertise. Since all these services are carried out remotely, there is no need to accommodate a visitor at your premises, and your firm will not have to acquire the specialist software used. Hence there are many business benefits of managed network security solutions, compared to in-house provision of the same services, and every business should consider making use of this kind of solution in the near future.