Complying with regulatory standards can be a daunting task for any business in Canada. This is especially true for companies with insufficient resources to employ a full-time in-house IT staff. For such businesses, partnering with a managed services provider (MSP) may prove to be the most beneficial solution. MSPs are outsourced technology specialists offering a range of services that help businesses manage and make the most of their IT. They can also help organizations adhere to regulatory frameworks and standards.
In this blog post, we will discuss five ways MSPs help businesses remain compliant.
1. Secure cloud technologies
Most, if not all, compliance frameworks have regulations concerning cloud security. So if a business is not highly familiar with the steps necessary to ensure that their cloud platforms and services meet those regulations, they might lose compliant status.
MSPs can assist organizations in making sure that their cloud technologies meet regulatory standards. For instance, they can help identify which data needs to be migrated to the cloud and what security precautions need to be taken in doing so. They can also assist with the actual migration process so that all data is transferred safely and securely.
2. Improve cybersecurity
Another way MSPs help businesses stay compliant is by improving the latter’s cybersecurity posture. They do this by implementing security best practices, such as enabling multifactor authentication and setting strong password policies. They also provide access to best-in-class security software that suits every business's needs and budget.
Moreover, MSPs can assist in monitoring networks for potential threats, as well as in implementing proactive security measures. For instance, MSPs can automate the installation of patches and updates, allowing them to deploy these to their clients' systems in a timely manner, and thus keeping businesses protected from unpatched security vulnerabilities.
3. Complement and expand staff skills
MSP teams are composed of IT specialists with wide and varied experience. This enables them to address even the most complex technical issues that in-house staff may not be able to handle.
In some cases, businesses may have staff members who are skilled in IT but lack the time or knowledge to handle all of their company's compliance-related needs. In these situations, MSPs can help expand the in-house IT team's skills by educating them on specific compliance topics or helping with the rollout of compliance-related technologies. By offering training and education on best practices for security and data privacy, MSPs can further guarantee that businesses are taking the steps to protect their data and stay compliant.
4. Implement new technology
MSPs can assist businesses with the administration and monitoring of new technologies required to remain compliant. This could involve anything from implementing a new customer relationship management system to setting up a secure data storage solution. MSPs can also help businesses choose the right technology for their needs and check whether everything is properly installed and configured.
5. Provide better monitoring and reporting
By monitoring their clients’ systems around the clock, MSPs can quickly identify and address any potential security threats. Early detection and mitigation can prevent data breaches before they happen.
MSPs can also help businesses maintain compliance by providing them with regular reports on their system's security posture. These reports can be used to identify areas where improvements need to be made. Additionally, they can be shared with auditors or regulators to demonstrate a business's commitment to protecting data.
If you're looking for a partner to help you maintain compliance with regulatory standards, look no further than XBASE Technologies. We offer a wide range of Exponentially Better™ services that can help your business meet its compliance obligations. Schedule a consultation with our team to learn more.