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At a time when even the government and the banking industry are struggling to secure their IT landscape, many organizations still believe they can achieve an effective security posture without employing security professionals. Most of the time, this means that they just rely on their system and network engineers to take on the work. While your engineers may understand IT security, there’s not enough time in the day for them to do all the work required, or stay ahead of new threats. Your company needs a dedicated cyber security services team to stay safe — here’s why.

Cyber Thieves Have Operated Under the Radar

Even the financial industry — which draws much of the top security talent — isn’t immune to cyber thieves. In the Carbanak bank heist, for example, a gang was able to use spear phishing to infiltrate dozens of banks. They remained undetected for two years, using each bank’s security and administrative functions against it through fraudulent e-payments and transfers, and hacked cash machines to steal as much as $1 billion dollars. And more than a year later, they still haven’t been caught.

In other industries, things are much worse. Globally, cyber attacks cost businesses at least $400-500 billion per year, but with many attacks unreported, the true costs are probably much higher. And with the worldwide shortage of cyber security professionals expected to reach 1.5 million by 2019, it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

Onsite IT Doesn’t Have the Time

Providing cyber security services for an SMB requires constant monitoring, and the ability to respond instantly to threats. If someone tries to break into your network at 3:00 in the morning, you need someone able to instantly react. Network and systems engineers are already doing difficult, mission critical jobs that may require emergency calls at odd hours. If you ask them to add security on top of that, something has to give — either stability and performance, or security.

Additionally, cyber security professionals have to dedicate a lot of time to professional development. The AV-Test Institute finds 390,000 new malware programs every day, and hackers are constantly exploring new targets and methods of attack. To keep up with it all takes time, passion and training. A typical network engineer already has enough to do just to keep up with their chosen specialty.

Managed Security Services are the Answer

The managed cyber security services model takes the pressure off internal IT, and provides better security focus. Symmetry’s managed cyber security team provides around-the-clock detection and response. Whether it’s a hacker probing your network, or malware hijacking an employee’s computer, we can neutralize the threat in real time — usually before the hacker even gains access to your system.

We can design a custom security solution to meet ISO 27001, HIPAA, HITECH, 21 CFR 11, PCI-DSS or SSAE16 SOC 1 compliance standards. And because our managed cyber security services splits the cost between customers, you’ll be able to benefit from our whole team at less than the cost of one full time onsite security pro.

Symmetry provides a complete security solution at an affordable price.

For IT security to work, it has to be part of everything your company does. Your onsite IT simply can’t provide the level of monitoring necessary to stop modern, sophisticated cyber criminals. Symmetry’s managed cyber security and SAP security services function as an extension of your team, working with onsite IT to meet your company’s unique security needs.

Read our cloud security whitepaper to learn more about how Symmetry can keep you safe.

Scott Goolik - VP, Compliance and Security Services

Scott Goolik - VP, Compliance and Security Services

Scott Goolik is VP of Compliance and Security Services at Symmetry. A recognized expert in the field of SAP security and compliance, Scott has over 20 years of expertise in SAP security and is a regular presenter at SAP industry tradeshows and ASUG events. His experience includes working for one of the Big Four accounting firms and developing auditing tools, including those for segregation of duties (SOD). Scott is also responsible for architecting the ControlPanelGRC® solution which provides audit automation and acceleration of security and control processes.