Why you need an Effective Monitoring Strategy
In short, because a successful cyber attack is quite likely the single biggest risk that your business faces, and because most attempted cyber attacks originate outside of normal office hours, minutes really do matter in detecting and mitigating an attack. This means that, without an effective 24×7 monitoring strategy in place, you simply don’t have an effective security posture.
Some organisations think that they can recover quickly from a cyber attack. This is rarely the case in practice. The best disaster recovery plans and procedures in the world, rarely go to plan, or at least take considerably longer than anticipated. In the meantime, your business is on the floor and your reputation could be suffering existential damage.
Why you should partner with a security expert to provide an effective 24x7 monitoring strategy
An inhouse Security Operations Centre (SOC) has largely been the privilege of much larger organisations, such as national Banks and FTSE500 firms, which can justify the significant investment required to build and maintain an in-house security function. With Microsoft and Softwerx, Midmarket firms can now experience the same level of security and support, albeit at a fraction of the cost.
You focus on your core business. We'll focus on ours.Cybersecurity is our core business, but it's probably not yours. By partnering with an expert cybersecurity company you can focus on your core business, with the peace of mind that we've got your back covered on a 24x7 basis, 365 days a year.
Building a Security Operations Centre (SOC) can take years and cost millions......so we've built one so that you don't have to. secure365 starts from under £10 per user, per month, meaning a 300-user company can achieve a total peace of mind on a 24x7 basis for just £36,000 a year – about the same cost of just one junior Security Analyst.
Six reasons why your business needs an effective 24x7 monitoring strategy.
There are probably a dozen or more reasons why it makes sense to have an effective monitoring strategy in place, but here are our top six.
Hackers operate 24x7.Criminals do not work normal office hours, nor do they probably work in your time-zone. If you are only monitoring your systems and environment during office hours, you only have a part-time security posture.
Minutes matter.Detecting and mitigating anomalous behaviour at source is critical to stopping a cyber attack at the gates. Left undetected, even for just a few hours, could mean that you'll go into work to look at a locked ransomware screen.
It's your biggest risk.For most Midmarket organisations, a successful cyberattack is likely to be the most significant, and the most likely, risk to the business. In some cases, any financial impact can go beyond mere operational costs, damaging reputation, and brand.
It's best practice.Don't take our word for it. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) advises that all organisations should have an effective monitoring strategy in place so that actual, or attempted, security breaches are discovered, and appropriate measures are in place to respond.
Plans are never perfect.We speak to some organisations that are so certain of their recovery plans, that they feel they don't need to monitor their systems. These organisations typically learn the hard way - that the best DR Plans in the world are never perfect - and getting the business back to an operational state is always more painful than envisaged.
Cyber insurance doesn't work.Apart from the fact that cyber insurance is often ambiguous and unreliable, it also creates an incredibly false sense of security, far removed from the reality of experiencing a serious breach first hand. Again, prevention through an unambiguous monitoring strategy is a much better strategy.
Kidney Research UK gain round-the-clock security via Softwerx expertise
“Devices are managed centrally and are now protected by secure365, 24x7. With that, we have MFA and real-time detection in place. Our Microsoft Secure Score is currently well above the industry average, and it continues to climb.”
Information Systems Manager, Kidney Research UK
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