Property managers have a lot of responsibilities on their plates. While some of the aspects of managing a property will be easy for you, others may be completely out of your wheelhouse. So, when it comes to security services for your organization’s data, you may have little idea of what options are available and how to move forward.

This where managed security services can come in. Managed security services offer expertise and answers to your questions about data and cybersecurity, without you having to be personally involved in the intricacies of your business’s everyday security systems.

If you are a property manager or business owner weighing your cybersecurity options, look no further than CTG Real Estate Services. As a real estate consultant who’s dealt with it all before, our founder and CEO Chris Gardner can offer you guidance as you decide what kind of security paths are right for your property. You can always schedule a consultation with our team but, in the meantime, we’ve laid the basics of managed security services for you below.

What are Managed Security Services?

Simply put, managed security services are network and data security systems outsourced to a service provider. Some businesses, rather than managing their cybersecurity in-house, will choose to trust their securities issues to experienced professionals that manage this information from afar.

So, what exactly is included in managed security services? Every professional will offer different services, but typically, these organizations will:

  • Monitor and manage intrusion detection systems and firewalls, looking for:
    • Unauthorized behavior
    • Malicious hacks
    • Denial of service
    • Anomalies
    • Trend analysis
  • Oversee path management and upgrades
  • Perform security assessments and security audits
  • Respond to data and digital system emergencies

Managed security services aren’t new. They first came into existence with the internet in the 1990s. Back then, these professionals were known as Internet Service Providers, selling firewall appliances and maintaining that protection with the dial-up connection.

With the rapid change in digital technology, managed security services have changed, too. Many organizations and property managers find that managed security services help them keep up with the rapidly changing digital economy.

Why Are They On the Rise?

While managed security services aren’t in place in every organization, there is certainly a growing understanding of their value and of organizations’ need for these services. Currently, 74 percent of organizations manage IT security in-house, but 82 percent of IT professionals said they have either partnered with (or plan to partner with) a managed security service provider to assist with their business’s dealings.

There are a few reasons why managed security services are becoming more common among organizations and property managers.

First, they divert the burden of manually performing data and IT chores away from administrators and to an experienced third-party professional. Cybersecurity is confusing, and it’s important that the person in charge of sensitive data understands all of the nuances of this system. Managed security systems offer the guarantee that the cybersecurity professionals are up-to-date on security systems, data issues and more.

These organizations also offer round-the-clock service, which can be hard for certain organizations to manage on their own. In particular, smaller businesses may not be able to afford the expense of hiring a full-time IT security professional, and, even if they do, it’s unlikely they’ll be able to monitor the system 24/7.

With the rise of cloud technology and capabilities, outsourcing important data and security issues to another party has become easier than ever before. Cloud technology can lead to some vulnerability in data systems, so having managed security systems is critical. Digital advances and managed security services go hand in hand.

What Are Some Signs This Service is Right for Me?

Managed security services aren’t right for everyone, and that’s okay. When you work with CTG Real Estate Services, our team will help you decide which facility and property management services — including cybersecurity — are right for you. Only by evaluating your organization’s goals and the way it currently functions can we create the best facility plan for you.

There may be a few reasons that our professionals end up recommending managed security services:

  • You have a smaller business that can’t afford a full-time IT security professional.
  • You want to trust your cybersecurity to someone who is experienced and up-to-date on systems and methods.
  • You want to be able to focus on your core business more than the details of cybersecurity.

Ultimately, this decision will be up to you. You and your facility management consultant can discuss your desires and needs when it comes to cybersecurity to find out what will work best for you.

Want to learn more? Schedule a consultation with CTG Real Estate Services today.

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