Will An SOC-Certified IT Provider Keep Your Data Secure?
Are you worried about your cybersecurity?
Even if you have a company that’s taking care of it, it can be difficult not to worry – on average, there’s a cyber attack every 39 seconds? It could be a ransomware infection. It could be a phishing email. It could be one of the many other methods cybercriminals employ today.
If you’re not confident in your IT company’s ability to keep you secure, it’ll always be a worry. After all, not all IT support providers are created equal. That’s just the way it works – they’re all vying for your attention and your business, and often, they’ll tell you what you want to hear to try to close the deal.
Nowhere is this more dangerous than with cybersecurity. While the average mom and pop shop can get by with a simple range of cybersecurity measures like a firewall and antivirus solution, you need a more robust, reliable approach.
How can you sort the capable cybersecurity partners from the rest?
Invest In SOC-Certified Support
Do you know if your current IT support provider is SOC-Certified?
SOC (“system and organization controls”) is a system of service organization controls, covering a series of standards designed to help measure how well your IT company conducts and regulates its information.
A SOC-certification is a key way to determine whether an IT company will keep you properly secured because they’ve been audited by an independent certified public accountant who determined the firm has the appropriate SOC safeguards and procedures in place. These tiers of IT support providers are better prepared to keep yous secure and can assist in your internal auditing processes.
Are All SOC-Certifications The Same?
Here’s a secret: just because an IT company is SOC-Certified, that doesn’t mean they’re the same as every other company with that certification. Experience and standards of quality are just as important.
Case in point: when an IT company first becomes SOC-Certified, they’ll likely maintain it for around six months. Maintaining the certification and undergoing audits long-term is what sets a company apart.
The Realized Solutions team knows how important cybersecurity is for our clients. So, once we became SOC-certified four years ago, we maintained it ever since, completing it on an annual basis. Furthermore, we have been voluntarily audited yearly for the last four years, and recently completed our 2020 review without a single exception noted.
This is that extra layer of distinction you should be looking for past a SOC-certification. Is your IT partner willing to have their standards put to the test by a third party? Can they maintain their commitment to your security longterm?
Realized Solutions Provides Certified And Tested Cybersecurity Expertise
The bottom line is that you can’t afford to risk your cybersecurity on a less-than-capable IT company. It’s your duty to find confidently secure support for your organization. If you’re not sure where to start, get in touch with the Realized Solutions team to learn more about our regularly audited and SOC-certified services.