Recently, there appeared a feature article about MonsterCloud.com in Forbes Magazine, one of the leading business journals in both print and online. This firm is one of an increasing number of managed IT service companies in the market. These firms are involved with two major tasks: the maintenance of cloud computing operations and data security for their clients, and protection against cyber crime.
Cyber crime is taking all sorts of forms as internet usage expands by exponential leaps and bounds. There is online theft, software piracy, spreading of spyware to steal sensitive data, and the biggest threat of all to appear in recent years, ransomware. Ransomware attacks have caused over $1 billion worth of damage to businesses both large and small through the year 2016. These attacks are projected to expand by 85% of their current level through this year alone. These attacks disrupt business operations, cripple companies unable to adequately respond, and have the potential to drive an enterprise out of business. Keeping company operations up and running under such circumstances is the task of the IT service while their cybersecurity division deals with the effects of a criminal malware attack.
IT services provide security by engineering complete solutions for disaster backup and recovery in the event of the worst extremity. The close partnership of the IT firm and the client helps ensure that daily backup is available, which cuts down the damage a malware attack causes. Also, besides offering recovery services for extreme situations, protection is provided through proactive security operations to defend network access, monitor user activity, encrypt data, scan e-mails for possible trojan virus attachments, and the creation and updating of antivirus software. This last operation keeps cyber defenses at a pace with progressive developments in malware as they manifest.
IT management services create for their clients a private cloud within which all business applications, e-mail services, project files and protected archives can be ensconced. Storage space is no longer a problem, and neither is security. Complete control over access can be maintained, with gatekeeper protections to keep out unauthorized persons and applications. Clients no longer need fear a crippling virus attack, or a crippling limitation upon data storage space to hinder operations. Indeed, with the capabilities of the cloud to tap, there are no limitations on what a business may accomplish.