There’s one thing about small businesses that will always be true. We have few resources. Expertise in a narrow arrow (for the most part). Very little time. Limited budgets. Well that was four things – and I could go on. With these limitations and while we’re concentrating on growing our businesses, ensuring our business is secure is also very important.
Securing our mobile devices, network, desktop computers is so important. Ensuring our email is secure and that employees are adhering to corporate email and web access policies is critical to ensure productivity remains high and that employees are not leaving us open to legal liability.
Traditioanl small business security has been a very local procedure – with anti-virus products installed on network servers and local computers. Email servers scanning for attachments with Trojans as the email comes in. Firewalls are simply blinking boxes that we’re really not sure how they work or even if they are working correctly.
Over the past few years, however, many security companies have launched SaaS (software as a service) solutions which are managed via the Internet there’s no (or minimal) software or hardware to install and the entire solution is managed by the solution provider, local consultant or small business owner themselves.
ConnectIT writes Panda Security has announced the availability of Panda Managed Office Protection, the company’s new security-as-a-service (SaaS) solution for small and medium businesses (SMBs) and value added resellers (VARs) serving the SMB market.
“[In the past,] SaaS mainly addressed e-mail filtering in the cloud or managed VPN or managed firewall but with Panda Managed Office Protection, it delivers desktop anti-malware,” said Ryan Sherstobitoff, chief corporate evangelist with Panda Security.
Hosted as a software service by Panda, Managed Office Protection provides a remote Web management console, enabling secure configuration of IT resources from any computer on the Internet. Profiles can also be assigned across the organization to adapt security measures according to individual or departmental requirements, providing complete remote security management with no need for user intervention.
Panda Security is one of many companies, including St. Bernard Software, IBM, Symantec, Trend Micro, McAfee and Microsoft who are offering hosted security solutions.
Focusing on your business is what you should do. But don’t ignore your digital security – work with an expert to ensure you have a plan and that its implemented.