Implementing and maintaining a network infrastructure is not an easy task. Infrastructure can get very complex very quickly. Security is constantly being tested against external threats. Controlling the network environment is more problematic than ever with the advent of mobile technology and applications.
Internal network management now requires ongoing training, accumulated resources, and working hours that typically exceed the 9 to 5-year model. In many cases, a managed security service provider or MSSP can make a difference, especially if an organization is growing out of its network infrastructure or is under-leveraging it.
There are a number of activities that managed security service providers carry out on a regular basis. An assessment is first carried out to identify problems with the network infrastructure. Finding vulnerabilities, identifying abnormal behavior patterns, reviewing off-network activity, and conducting regular vulnerability testing will highlight the most problematic areas. Once the plan is created, the managed security service provider implements the solution.
In general, security is a top priority and needs to be monitored around the clock. Firewalls, Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW), trend analysis, network access managers, and other software are great firewalls that can be used in a network infrastructure.
However, because outside attacks can occur at any time, careful monitoring and rapid response to threats are also important. This type of continuous monitoring can significantly increase IT operating costs. Administrative security providers incorporate this 24-hour monitoring service into their plans, which can be more reliable and cheaper.