As businesses move to the cloud, they must determine how to secure their cloud data and applications.

Unfortunately, they face a crossroads: Should I invest in service from a managed cloud security provider or try to go it alone?

A Clear-Cut Choice

While cyber security is unique, the question of when to outsource isn’t.

With Summer around the corner, a clear example comes to mind: landscaping.

Living in an HOA-controlled neighborhood, this task becomes necessary and tedious. You know you need to do it, yet somehow it always ends up falling through. The plan is always to take care of it next weekend.

But in the meantime, the HOA notices are piling up. When you finally decide to roll up your sleeves and handle it yourself, you find yourself woefully unequipped to handle the job. You don’t have the right tools, expertise or even truly understand the HOA’s requirements. By the time you invest in new tools and familiarize yourself with the intricacies of HOA-compliant landscaping, you’re out money and time. Worst of all, there’s no guarantee that the results will be enough.

Getting Out of the Weeds

In this case, the best solution is to hire a landscaping expert. With their expertise, you can stop worrying about it and get it done – without requiring a future trip to the chiropractor. Not only that, by hiring a landscaping expert they set you up for future success – helping keep HOA auditors at bay.

This principle also holds true for cyber security. In order for your company to remain functional, you must protect your data from breaches. You also need to be able to pass compliance audits according to guidelines set out by regulations like PCI and HIPAA. Like the Homeowner’s Association, compliance organizations don’t forgive violations easily.

Selecting the Right Cloud Security “Landscaper”

Just like landscapers, not all managed cloud security providers are created equal. It’s critical that you find one that ensures the highest level of protection for your cloud. We’ve established a standard by which all organizations can measure the effectiveness of your cloud security provider, Totally Secure.

Read our blog article, Is Your Cloud Totally Secure? to learn if your provider meets our standard.

The Benefits of Managed Cloud Security

By outsourcing cloud data management to third-party experts, you can rest easy knowing that cyber security is covered while your team focuses on core revenue-generating activities.

Managed services, therefore, provide ROI in several ways:

  • Prevent data breaches before they can occur
  • Enable businesses to comply with compliance regulations
  • Free up the IT team to focus on other projects
  • Allow businesses to forgo hiring full-time security managers, who may command an annual salary of $70,000 or more
  • With security professionals to help minimize downtime, businesses do not lose revenue thanks to preventable technological snafus

Your cloud environment needs to be controlled just as your lawn needs tending. Managed cloud service providers offer the best and most cost-effective way to do it.