With more data running through their networks, SMBs should take a proactive approach to monitoring it.

A lot of data runs through your businesss network. Data is coming and going, and moving rapidly, as systems and applications talk” and pass along information to each other.

Most SMBs pay no attention to these internal workings and conversations, unless there is a functional failure that requires someones review of the system logs to determine where the breakdown occurred. The rapid increase in SMB malware, however, is causing many executives to choose a more active—rather than reactive—IT security strategy.

SMB data monitoring is active, not reactive

The typical organization with 50 employees has network equipment such as an internet router, firewall, desktops/laptops, and possibly even point-of-sale (POS) terminals. In many cases, there are also wireless access points as well as IoT monitoring devices.

Each of these components generates logs” that tell the story of what is happening in real-time. Security threats such as malicious network traffic, brute force attacks and unusual account activity appear consistently in these logs.

Actively monitoring these logs means cybersecurity threats are identified as they are happening, rather than looking back over the logs as part of a forensics investigation. In other words, a data-breach-induced business disruption is much more costly than the up-front investment in SMB data monitoring.

MDR does the heavy lifting

Heres the primary issue with SMB data monitoring: The 50-person SMB can expect an average of 750-to-1,000 logs to be generated each second. Accounting for variance while the business is closed, that50 million logs per day!

Obviously, no human—or group of humans—can stare down that many logs. Automation is a necessity, so you need a SIEM platform. This is where most SMBs draw the line, however, because cost/benefit of SIEM ownership outweighs the cost/benefit of outsourcing for Managed Detection and Response (MDR).

When your business outsources to an MDR service provider like PDI, you have a team of security analysts using the latest threat data collection technologies to monitor and analyze your log events, as well as to appropriately respond when security threats are detected. Think of it as an additional set of people and technologies, all there to serve as your businesss body guards.

Contact us today to learn how PDI Security Solutions can help protect your business from cyber threats.