The Target credit security breach that happened in late 2013 is an example of how even major corporations have a lack of IT planning. When something as large as a major retail chain doesn’t have a solid IT security plan, what does it say for mid-sized and small businesses out there? The fact is, solutions to solve this issue are easily available, but it seems there’s a notion that cutting corners on worry of cost is worth the risk. That may change after the Target fiasco, as well as numerous other security breaches taking place in other retail stores behind our backs.
The real secret to how Target could have avoided their problem is hiring a managed service provider. These IT experts help manage all your business tech so you don’t have to rely on an in-house IT team possibly not seeing the light on everything. Since managed service providers are part of the consultant experience, it’s another example of why hiring consultants helps give a wider, more experienced answer to tech problems.
Quickly Solving Problems
When you hire managed service providers, they usually have technology available that monitors your systems around the clock. When something goes wrong, they’ll know about it instantly and can handle it remotely or send one of their consultants to your company to take care of it. Security breaches, especially, are one of their fortes. And even if there’s no such thing as guaranteed privacy, they’ll know the latest software and tools to use that are at least better than having nothing at all.
The Art of Prevention
One of the strongest suits of managed service providers is their ability to prevent things rather than focus only on fixing problems. While they may fix your initial problem, they work toward coming up with solutions that give much lesser chances of something breaking down or being compromised. Had Target hired a managed service provider, their security vulnerabilities would have been scoped out immediately and given some kind of solution.
Providing Suggestions While Managing
Most managed service providers keep a constant record of how your systems are running and offer suggestions along the way for more prevention opportunities. As technology changes, they’ll be up on the latest and be able to offer those advantages without necessarily pushing them like some doctors push prescription drugs for kickbacks. You’ll want to hire a managed service that fully analyzed your business from the start. This way, they’ll know what you really need and not give you something that’s unnecessary just because it’s available.
Continual Security Updating
Again, had Target hired a managed service provider, security patches could have been given out automatically to avoid any hackers tapping into their system. The real beauty of having an outside team manage your systems is that you never have to worry about taking the time to update things. They’ll continually give you security patch updates behind the scenes without disrupting or slowing down your servers.
With so many managed service providers available in every major city, it’s worth your time to hire one. They frequently work with flat rates so it’s not a tremendous expense. The question is whether major retail corporations will follow suit and start using managed service providers to ward off more inevitable security breaches in the future.
Until they realize that they need a prying eyeball on their systems every minute, the age of paying by cash may have to be the norm in retail names we used to trust.