In the business world, there’s sometimes a challenge trying to figure out how to use managed services the right way, or in a broader frame, how to accomplish cybersecurity goals in a way that works practically for a company.


Many executives have a passing familiarity with NIST and the agency’s cybersecurity framework.


Fewer of them are intimate enough with the knowledge to put the NIST model into play in proactive company policy. And if not, there’s not a whole lot of value to just observing a standard passively, unless there’s a further goal in mind.


CEOs, CIOs and CISOs are under the gun. Cybersecurity changes rapidly, and the moving target is difficult to spot, let alone cover, even with the panoply of tools and methods available. It’s not a one-size-fits-all situation, for one thing. There’s also a complicated landscape, with localized or specialized vendors offering one set of solutions, and AWS and Microsoft offering frameworks that are often empty until filled with practical tools. 


Three Major Goals


Many of our clients for managed services have three overarching goals. The first one has to do with reducing the cost of managed services and cybersecurity systems.


The second one has to do with going beyond the perimeter and securing the endpoints of a system. This alone can be a costly process, if it’s not done the right way.


A third goal is to invest in worker productivity by having the right technology assets in-house and on center stage. All of it takes work, and all of it takes know-how. Still, business leaders are pursuing it because they know that it will pay off in the long run.


Managed Services and Proactive Cybersecurity


Then, too, companies all too often don’t know where to go to combat new forms of scary cyberattacks. Ransomware is an excellent example. Businesses are looking for “ransomware insurance,” but insurance companies are wary of underwriting these types of policies, partly because of how ubiquitous ransomware is and how dangerous it can be. Instead, they’re urging companies to have good backups and good cybersecurity policies in place.


While NIST is absolutely a leader in standards, implementation goes well beyond just trying to follow NIST guidance. It has to translate into something actionable. At 48 Tech, we can help: we have the experience to help our clients to get cybersecurity policies in place that will benefit them moving forward. Call and talk to us about how to get a practical plan in place – one that works and will shield your business from liability and risk.