Is Managed IT a Security Risk?

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Is Managed IT a Security Risk?

IT security concerns are top of mind across all industries because all industries are at risk for breaches. Even highly regulated areas such as healthcare that is forced by law to be vigilant in the protection of personal consumer data have fallen victim to large-scale security breaches.

So who do you turn to when you are concerned with the security of your company’s digital information? It’s more than likely that you turn to your internal IT department if you have one. But are they really your best defense?

What are Managed IT Services?

Managed IT services involve bringing in outside IT professionals to either supplement or replace an internal IT department. When an internal IT department exists, IT management services can be used to take care of the small tasks that often eat up a great deal of time for internal teams, so that the internal IT department can focus on core strategic projects and goals. In this way, managed IT can be an attractive choice for organizations with an overworked IT department.

It is important to note that managed IT and IT as a Service (ITaaS) are not used interchangeably. While both offer their own benefits and risks, ITaaS is a business strategy rather than IT management services themselves.

IT Bears the Brunt of Security Concerns

It stands to reason that your IT department would bear the most responsibility for potential security breaches. This can put an enormous strain on your IT department, which may or may not consist of security experts. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of your entire business to ensure that data is safe, by implementing security protocol and following them. In cases when an IT department is already strained, outside help may indeed be the best choice for implementing and maintaining security.

Outsourcing IT Feels Risky

When data security is a top concern, as it should be, turning to outside support for IT services can feel risky. There is an idea that when your security is maintained within your own organization and even your own building, you inherently have more control of it and therefore are less vulnerable to security breaches. However, this is not always the case and should certainly not be taken for granted. The truth is that your internal team may not have the skills necessary to protect your data from sophisticated security threats. Rather than hire a full-time security expert, managed IT services can be cost-effective while still offering the expertise required.

How Managed IT Benefits Overall Organization Security

IT management services can actually improve overall data security. Security is a core service offered by managed IT companies, meaning that the team providing your managed IT services is specifically trained in data security. A managed IT team can also offer constant monitoring of your network in order to ensure that any potential security threats are noted and addressed as soon as possible.
Of course, it is important to thoroughly evaluate any managed IT provider before allowing them access to any sensitive information and to have contracts in place that reflect how they will handle any security risks.