The IT team is no longer enough to keep your company secure. What’s the best solution in a changing world of technology? Outsourced IT services may be your best bet.
The days of your “jack of all trades” IT team—or IT person—are quickly coming to an end. What used to be a catch-all position that covered everything from cybersecurity to fixing the fax machine is no longer viable for a world of rapidly expanding technology and all that comes with it. The fact is, information technology is changing almost as rapidly, and keeping your company’s data, hardware, and software secure means changing right along with it.
Phil Cardone, a Boston IT support professional with Radius Executive IT Solutions offers up some savvy advice.
Why Your IT Department May Not be Enough
While some larger corporations have the bandwidth to hire a steady supply of IT professionals that are experts in the ever-changing field, most SMBs will struggle to keep up with the demand.
Your IT team—especially in the area of cybersecurity—may be overextended. With cybercrime on the rise, the IT department is expected to carry out more responsibilities than ever before. According to trends in small business, 43% of cyberattacks target small companies, yet 76% of those companies don’t have the resources to effectively mitigate the risk. The IT teams in these situations are flooded with everything from software updates and backups to firewalls and cybersecurity strategy.
IT is no longer a catch-all for the world of technology.
Outsourcing as a Solution
One trend many businesses are leaning toward is outsourcing portions of their IT management to managed service providers. This allows them to restructure their current IT department to more effectively oversee the day-to-day function of equipment and resources. The MSPs then lend their strength in any number of areas to provide a more comprehensive IT support.
Expertise and Compliance
Working with a managed service provider means companies can count on expertise in any number of areas, including infrastructure, security, and compliance. Compliance and security are uniquely important to businesses of all sizes. As laws and regulations change, your outsourced IT team is responsible for staying on top of all your storage and compliance requirements. Your in-house team can work to implement needed updates or industry standards.
Strategy and Innovation
Outsourcing your IT team also provides the opportunity for a fresh perspective on your business and security as a whole. While your in-house team has been overwhelmed with numerous tasks—both high priority and redundancies—your MSP brings with it a wealth of strategy, experience, and innovation to make sure your company is functioning at full capacity and with minimal risks.
Stay Ahead of Risks and Changes
As cybersecurity continues to be a significant factor in the world of IT, changing technology also means the IT department needs to pivot in order to manage the growing risks to businesses. Joining forces with a managed service provider could just be the single best change your company makes in order to manage risks and manage your continually expanding IT needs.
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