Staying abreast of the current IT security protocols is a time-consuming endeavor. All network managers can tell horror stories of carefully installing the latest systems, updates, and security patches, only to discover new security vulnerabilities that weren’t present in the old. Security risks will never completely go away, but IT engineers have to understand the given network and operating systems well enough to identify if a risk will actually impact the business or not.
Security management requires industry awareness.
The time and expertise required to diagnose risks and make day-to-day recommendations is necessary for a business network to be managed effectively. The vast array of operating systems, Internet browsers, e-mail clients and firewalls makes this task all the more challenging, particularly in a business network designed for a variety of devices and users. Additionally, a network administrator needs to stay informed about potential threats and their validity – not every virus in the news is an actual risk for your business, and not every recommended fix is worthwhile or effective.
Outsource to a company you trust.
Because of the complex nature of this maintenance, AIE recommends that in addition to working with an IT consulting firm for outside security audits and policy development, businesses are wise to outsource the management of network security as well. Whether it be regular updating of the operating systems and applications, remote monitoring agents sending alerts when a potential threat occurs, or simply using a high quality spam filter, AIE’s managed service contracts are designed to include network security management. The best plans laid in place require proactive prevention of threats, and the only way to do that is to put people you trust at the helm of the operation.