Proactive Network Security vs. Reactive Network Security

Thursday Thoughts! Back on Thursday! Ahhh, it feels good. Today, our topic is pretty simple: proactive network security for your organization is the smarter choice when compared to the old approach of reactive security. Remember when your mom told you not to procrastinate on your homework? And that nerdy kid in science class always handed his in 3 days early? ¬†The nerdy kid ended up with a 4.2 GPA and you… well, you get the point.

The Old Approach

Managed IT services is still a relatively new field, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t evolved. In the past, you would contract with an IT company to fix your network, your computers, and other connected devices whenever they went haywire. The IT company would have experts sitting around waiting for your network to go down, and then when it did (frequently), they would come out and try to fix it. And, if they were busy fixing other networks, you just had to wait. And lose business. And wait some more. If you were infected with a virus and they didn’t get to you in time, tough luck. And we just accepted this??

The New School

Luckily for all of us, that isn’t how it has to be anymore. Manged IT services companies (including LRI) have wised up. The good providers now practice proactive (or preventative) maintenance¬†along with reactive maintenance. Through impressive software from companies like Sonic Wall and HP Pro Curve, your network can now be remotely monitored 24/7/365 to identify viruses, problem patches, and other threats before they happen. This saves your organization money spent on repairs, time lost on “down” machines or networks, and the cost of potentially ruined equipment. If you receive this service from LRI, we also send out a quarterly report on every networked machine in your office, so you can see how many threats were avoided and how you can make your personal device even safer.

Of course, you can’t completely eliminate reactive maintenance. There will be times when things happen and you need disaster recovery¬†quickly. IT services companies are combining disaster recovery with proactive maintenance. And most offer “back-up” plans to store files and data before you have a disaster, which is another preventative approach that saves you a lot of money and worrying.

Bottom Line

Nearly every organization today has a network of some kind, and every organization wants that network to be secure and reliable. With proactive maintenance, you will have that assurance and you will be able to track and monitor your network in real-time to identify potential issues. If there is a network disaster, you will still have reactive maintenance to help out in those situations. It’s the best of both worlds, and it will save your organization money, time, and headaches.

For more reading, check out En Pointe Technology’s blog on this topic.