The threat of malicious cyber-attacks is more than just myth for SMBs in 2017. Cyber-crime is an insidious menace that could bring your company to its knees in short order. To protect against the range of known perils, and to anticipate the threats that are yet to be discovered, taking a serious view of IT security is a must.
Malware, ransomware and other threats are ever-evolving, so it is crucial that the solutions are comparably nimble. But what if you don’t have an in-house IT team? Even if you do have IT specialists on staff, how well-versed are they on freshly minted perils, or the new high-tech solutions that are available to fight them?
If you can’t answer these last couple of questions decisively, you probably need to hire an IT security consultant. It might just be the best decision you’ve ever made for the future of your company.
Why hire an IT consultant?
There are dozens of reasons to hire an IT security consultant, and none of them are meant to reflect negatively on the competence of your IT team, your staff, or your infrastructure.
Think about it this way: if your car needed a new transmission, you wouldn’t do it yourself. You’d take it to an expert. Same with the electrical wiring in your home – you name it. If you want something done right, it’s just smarter to call an expert. The job done will be done faster, it will be done properly, and you’ll get an honest assessment of the situation from somebody who hasn’t got any skin in it.
What you need is an unbiased professional who isn’t involved in your office politics, someone who can offer a bipartisan view of the available solutions, and whose only goal is to deliver the best possible solution for you.
Five reasons you need to hire an IT security consultant:
Your IT team is probably awesome. If you have one, that is. Chances are, though, that IT security is not their area of expertise. Sure, most IT professionals have a good working knowledge of IT security, but do they specialize in it? An IT security consultant does nothing but focus on IT security issues. With new and more robust threats appearing on almost any given day, it’s just not possible to keep up unless that is all you are focused on.
An IT consultant will look at your IT infrastructure with fresh eyes. As an outsider, they will have no blind spots or pre-conceived opinions about the way things should be. They will also have in-depth knowledge of the state of current threats and best practices to protect your data from them. Your security consultant will recommend hardware, software, and policies that are suited to your business, and prevent you both from loss, and from spending too much time and money on the wrong solutions.
2. You’ve got no time to waste
Regardless of whether you have been affected by an attack, or are just concerned about the potential, there is no time to waste in shoring up your cyber defenses. If you leave this to your internal staff, you run the risk of them getting distracted with day-to-day tasks and leaving things half done. When you hire an IT security consultant, they are there to do the job you hired them to do, and nothing else. Every minute of their billable hours will be dedicated to getting your job completed, no matter if it happens to be after hours, on the weekend, or any other time. Ultimately, this will help your own staff become more efficient, because they will be able to focus on what they need to do. Working with the IT security consultant may also help them to enhance their existing skillsets, ultimately adding value to your workforce.
3. It’s more economical
While some SMBs might think twice about spending on an IT security consultant, it will likely save you a lot of money in the long run. You’ll get the job done much faster than you would if you kept it in-house; it will be done right the first time, and you’ll be able to get back to work in record time, knowing that you have the most advanced solutions in place. Additionally, the costs will be predictable, as your IT security consultant will quote the job prior to starting, and even tell you how long it’s going to take. They’ll make it look easy, they’ll even train your staff in new security best practices. Your planning and projections will be much more efficient, and in the end, you’re going to look like a hero.
4. Your consultant will never sell you something you don’t need
IT security consultants are focused on bringing you the best possible solution for your specific needs. There are hundreds of security products and appliances available, and there is no cookie-cutter solution that works for everybody. The good news is, recent advances in IT security solutions means that it is realistic to have an enterprise-level solution at a small business cost – and it only makes sense that the consultant recommends something that can scale with you, and that you won’t have to re-think anytime soon.
You could think of your consultant as your own personal IT security guru. They will look at your systems objectively, tell you exactly where you are most vulnerable, and explain your options. It might not always be what you want to hear, but you can always be confident you are getting the straight goods. If it’s possible, they’ll do it. If it’s not possible, they’ll tell you that too. They’re not salesmen, they don’t get points for selling a specific brand, service or device. What you get will be what you need, nothing more, nothing less.
5. Improve your workforce performance and productivity
Being an IT security consultant goes beyond just fixing problems and shoring up defenses. Consultants work closely with your IT staff to develop security policies and procedures that are right for your organization and how it works. They will also work with your entire workforce to ensure that these protocols are understood, educating your staff on how to recognize threats before they happen. Once the job is done, your entire team will be united, and stronger than ever.
6. Convenience and availability
One of the most attractive things about hiring a consultant is that they are available for you, 24/7. If you have an issue in the middle of the night, you don’t have to feel bad about calling them up, because there will always be somebody on call, ready to help. If you have a task that needs to be completed on a weekend when the office is vacant, no problem. No matter the problem, no matter what the hour may be, you can always be sure there will be somebody on the other end of the line, ready, willing and able to help.
CTI Technology: your IT security consultancy
If IT security for your company has been on your mind, call CTI Technology today. Our technicians know IT security, and can help give you the peace of mind you deserve. Results-oriented, people-driven, and passionate about technology, we are always ready to help. Call today to speak to one of our security experts, and find out how we can help.