Frequently Asked Questions About Our Managed Security Services Program

The ability to keep your business data and network operations secure can literally determine the success or failure of your business.

Managed Security Services from Advanced Network Systems monitors and identifies security threats in real time, provides a timely response and the required expertise to address IT vulnerabilities.

Below, are some of the most commonly asked questions we receive regarding how the service works:

  • What is Advanced Network Systems’ Managed Security Program?

    Advanced Network Systems provides complete network security services, including a team of experts, to protect your IT systems and data—all for a fraction of the cost of hiring even one IT person. We cover all your important network resources (servers, routers, switches, firewalls, IDS, etc.). We identify and fix vulnerabilities, monitor systems and identify threats in real-time, respond to cyber incidents, and give you complete visibility into your security posture. If actionable security issues arise, we can notify and consult with your staff, or automatically respond to incidents directly with a complete, closed-loop service program for your business.

  • Is the Managed Security Services Program expensive?

    You'll be surprised how easy and cost-effective it is to use Advanced Network Systems’ managed security program. Advanced Network Systems has created a way to deliver enterprise-class security for a small business price. We can create a monthly program that puts an entire cybersecurity team at your disposal for only a fraction of what it would cost to hire even one new security expert full time. So, it’s less than you think, and a lot less than trying to do security yourself.

  • How does Advanced Network Systems security program help lower my security risks?

    Advanced Network Systems uses a model to create a comprehensive security program that helps you manage the ongoing, changing risk landscape. We use a process that begins by identifying your security risks and gaps. These risks and gaps are then documented and corrected to mitigate your vulnerabilities. Then we take on the role of your IT security department; watching ongoing changes with 24x7monitoring that includes expert analysis, notification and response services.

  • What is the Advanced Network Systems security program model?

    Advanced Network Systems’ program model evaluates your security posture based on actual risks to your business. We identify the gaps and weaknesses in your security, analyze the nature of each threat, then rank them by severity. Then we create and implement a remediation plan that significantly improves your overall security stance and better supports your business operations. Our focus is on enabling your business to operate more securely; not just locking things down. The more secure you are, the more efficient your business processes are, and the lower the costs of security becomes.

  • What is the gap analysis you provide?

    Advanced Network Systems has a method of analysis that covers a multitude of cyber security areas for small and medium-sized businesses. We examine industry standards and governance requirements that apply to your organization. We use qualitative and quantitative information to find the gaps in your current security posture. Then we give you recommendations on how to fill the gaps to address risks based on your business practices, market strategy and budget.

  • What tools do you use to manage our security?

    Advanced Network Systems uses a combination of industry standards, state-of-the-art cyber security tools for monitoring, management and testing, along with cybersecurity expertise that only we can deliver. We have partnerships with world-class providers and can typically manage the technology you already have investment in, saving you time and money.

  • Do you do Intrusion Detection?

    Yes. Advanced Network Systems can provide real-time intrusion detection. We send alerts for any threats discovered and remediate the issue(s) causing the vulnerability. If you already have an Intrusion Detection System in place, we can manage that solution for you as well.

  • Can we find out where we are, in terms of our current security?

    Yes. Our audit and assessment process include initial/baseline network testing and both internal and external systems scanning. It provides a clear picture of any internal and external threats to your network along with how well the systems in place meet your security needs.

  • I already have a firewall and IDS, why do I need an additional security program?

    That’s good news, as both are necessary pieces of a comprehensive security program. But effective security is about having multiple-layers of protection and there are a host of other requirements needed to ensure your network is effectively protected. Advanced Network Systems can work with the investments you’ve already made to secure your network environment, including firewalls, IDS, and end-point protection. We can show you where your security baseline stands today, as well as identify and fill the gaps with a comprehensive security solution that keeps you completely covered.

  • We already have IT employees that take care of security, so aren't we covered?

    Your IT people are an asset to your company, and are much needed. But, just like in other professions, specialists bring a deeper level of understanding and expertise. Information Cybersecurity takes a very specialized skill set that most IT people simply don’t provide. This is because security is a full-time endeavor above and beyond standard IT functions. Advanced Network Systems will complement your IT team the same way a specialist doctor complements your primary care physician. In short, we have the security capabilities, tools and expertise that’s moved from a “nice to have” to a “must have” for all organizations, whether large or small.

  • We already have an IT service provider, so why do we need Advanced Network Systems?

    Many IT service providers focus only on the ‘break/fix’ part of IT, installing desktops, fixing machines when they break, and updating software. While this is a great service, it is not network security—even if it includes end-point protection like anti-virus software. In fact, our solutions COMPLEMENT your IT provider services. We do things they don’t like vulnerability management, scanning, intrusion detection, log collection, event management and alerts. So, it’s a critical addition to the service that your probably not already be getting from your IT provider.

  • Why is Advanced Network Systems different from other Managed Security Service Providers(MSSPs)?

    We look at IT security from a business enablement point of view, not a lock down and prevent angle. We start with business drivers and processes, and map your security strategy to your business needs, not the other way around. We avoid selling you software and hardware that just adds complexity. Instead, we build a program around enabling you do to business more effectively. Our goal is to help your organization to grow and thrive while reducing its risks.

  • We just passed our PCI, HIPAA compliance audit, why should I worry about more security?

    Compliance is a part of security but, as the saying goes, “Compliance is Not Security!” We know it’s critical that your policies, procedures and governance all follow guidelines that allow your organization to comply with the law. However, you can be compliant and still have gaps in your security. Compliance does not ensure that the security measures you need are in place and working correctly to protect your systems and data.  Advanced Network Systems uses industry standards, including those you need for compliance, to determine both your baseline status both today and in relation to the development of your overall security posture plan. Along with implementing sound security practices, we can help you achieve compliance audit and reporting requirements.

  • We’re too small of an organization to have any security problems, right?

    Wrong! 70 percent of all network hacks are now happening to organizations with fewer than 100 employees; and 60% of small to mid-sized companies go out of business within 6 months of a major cyber-attack.  Which means, small businesses actually need to have MORE security than bigger businesses, not less. Regardless of size, no business is immune from the growing, daily barrage of cyber threats. Thanks to a multitude of readily available tricks and tools, your small business network is more susceptible to attack than ever. In the past, enterprise-grade security was only available to those organizations who could afford it.  Now, Advanced Network Systems has removed that barrier providing high-quality security solutions to small and medium-sized businesses at an affordable price point.

  • We don’t have any critical data that anyone would want so, why should I care about this program?

    You have data in your accounting and financial processing systems, employee confidential information, intellectual property and other areas that you are obligated to protect. In certain instances, this can include government mandated security compliance. And, while it’s undoubtedly a critical part, your data security is not the only thing you should be considering. You have other risks and liabilities including preventing mistakes, misuse by employees and other insiders, malicious infiltration that can use your systems to attack a business partner, customer or even your employees. Your liability goes far beyond just the data. Another major concern is recovery from a disaster and business continuation in the event of a ransomware attack, major system failure, or another catastrophe. The ability to survive if your computers are down for a week or more, can easily determine the overall viability and fate of your organization. What if your building is damaged beyond repair? Each of these areas are part of the business enablement focus that Advanced Network Systems provides.

  • When you say, “the right security enables business,” what does that mean?

    The practice of cybersecurity has traditionally been defined by two equal and opposing needs: increase security or increase usability. In the past, these needs have been at odds where increasing security meant giving up flexibility and productivity. Advanced Network Systems' focus is on enabling both productivity and protection at the same time. First, we look at how you do business, then we incorporate solutions and methods that most effectively enhance your security and support operational objectives.

  • How does having good cybersecurity help me make money?

    A secure network environment enables your employees and customers to be more efficient, and increases the trust level of doing business with your organization. A secure, reliable network helps give your customers access to information quicker, without compromise—generating a better experience that, in turn, increases repeat business. Your customers pick providers that they can trust. By using security as a marketing tool, you can increase the likelihood of customers choosing your organization as their vendor. We help you better use tools like Single Sign On and strong authentication to improve customer protection and satisfaction. We can help you protect the money you make from mistakes, misuse and malice. And, depending on your target markets and business strategies, we can help with many other security-related issues as well.


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