Whether you are a small company without any IT resources, or a larger business that just needs some additional support, a Managed IT Services solution is the perfect answer: an outsourced, fully managed IT department with the ability to scale with your requirements.

This form of IT support offers many benefits, including an increased level of security and assurance. As the festive season always brings with it a rise in cyberattacks, this peace of mind is even more valuable at this time of year.

SMEs might consider themselves safe from cybercrime, thinking that they aren’t a big enough target, but this is a common misconception. In fact, since they often lack sufficient security, they are both very popular and often very easy prey. Recent figures in Vodafone’s ‘The Business of Cyber Security’ report show that more than half of UK SMEs were the subject of a cyberattack in 2022, up from 39% in 2020. Considering that almost one in five still admit to having no cybersecurity whatsoever, this isn’t surprising.

The financial ramifications of such an attack hit smaller businesses harder too; the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2023, published by gov.uk, estimates the average cost to businesses of a non-phishing cyberattack at over £15,000. Some SMEs would certainly struggle to recover from losing such an amount, especially during the cost-of-living crisis. Managed IT Services represent a cost-efficient yet highly effective cybersecurity solution.

Proactive cybersecurity

As cybercriminals have become increasingly skilled, so have the methods to detect and repel their attacks. It’s no longer enough to rely on passive anti-virus software to protect your valuable business data. Our Managed IT Services solution comes with 24/7/365 proactive monitoring from a live threat team of humans. Advanced techniques such as ransomware canaries (decoy files which sit on your system purely to detect any attempt to encrypt them as part of ransomware attacks) pick up intrusions before they reach truly valuable data.

We also utilise persistent foothold detection. A persistent foothold occurs when a cybercriminal has initially evaded your security methods and established a virtual presence on your system. From here, they can launch further malicious activities which will continue to run even after you log off or reboot your PC. This form of cyberattack can be especially difficult to counter, as it’s like trying to protect your house from a burglar when you don’t realise that they have your front door key. We will detect and eliminate these threats, keeping your business safe.

Complete peace of mind

Our Managed IT Services solution brings the reassurance that whatever happens, you have unlimited access to our IT help desk. If you have any issues or questions, we are always just a phone call away and in the worst-case scenario, we provide disaster recovery and rapid restore. Every minute your critical systems and data are unavailable will financially impact your business, and we give you that additional safety net.

We also increase the visibility of your networked devices through reporting, so you can get an easy overview of their security status, and even their patch update progress. Ensuring your devices have the latest software installed is another way to defend against cyberattacks.

Whereas traditional IT resources can be costly and inflexible, our Managed IT Services solution comes with cost scalability, so it can adapt to both your business size and requirements. With a competitive per-user model, it often works out as a far more cost-effective alternative than having to increase any existing IT resource.

If you’d like complete peace of mind this Winter with a safe and reliable fully managed IT solution, contact us now on 0800 090 1965 or sales@scgconnected.co.uk to discuss your requirements.