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  • Managed Services: light as cloud, secure as fortress – Combining security and flexibility with SolarWinds and Konica Minolta

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    "More and more companies are moving their IT processes into the cloud and are therefore trusting their cloud service partners with valuable, in part highly business-critical information. For many organisations, however, one field of controversy still remains the level of data and software security surrounding managed IT services: are we sure the installed tools and processes do not create potential vulnerabilities? Clearly, this needs to be a top priority of service providers. They need to have the right tools and systems in place to be able to provide top-of-the-line services tailored to their customers’ needs, while at the same time assuring the simplest and most secure user experience. Both first-hand experiences and overall industry development have helped reduce such concerns and shown how secure those solutions are today, when implemented with the right partners. As a managed IT services provider, Konica Minolta ensures the highest level of security in all its solutions. A key enabling factor here is its long-term collaboration with strong IT-specialist partners like SolarWinds, a leader in the field of scalable IT service and network management solutions, that has been working with Konica Minolta for more than half a decade.

    Digital security as a prerequisite for successful business today

    An increasing number of processes are digital and connected – accessed from different sources and external parties. This increases the possibilities for information and data theft from companies, as more entry points might be found for illegal access to company IT environments. Cloud solutions thus need to be installed and guarded properly.

    While most experts agree that enterprises actually benefit from the protections built into the cloud, security remains a worrying issue for CIOs. 66% of IT professionals say security is their most significant concern when adopting an enterprise cloud-computing strategy[1]. Hence the willingness to dedicate resources to IT system security is steadily increasing. Global annual cyber security spending reached $96 billion at the end of 2018[2], underscoring the status of digital security and the importance of the topic.

    https://static.ombe.com/slir/w470/forums/200/rickpics/partnershipsolarwinds-security.jpgWith cybercrime threat levels continuously rising, this change in mindset and the corresponding investments are imperative for the industry. Cybersecurity Ventures predicts there will be a ransomware attack on businesses every 14 seconds by the end of 2019[3], significantly altering costs for companies. Yearly cybercrime damages will reach $6 trillion by 2021[4].

    A high level of data and software security is thus necessary, but companies and especially SMBs often struggle to establish this or keep up by themselves. As an example, only 12% of global IT organisations understand how GDPR affects their IT services[5].

    Konica Minolta’s approach to providing the best-fitting IT solutions

    As an MSP, Konica Minolta provides solutions to prepare its customers for the digital future. The IT specialist is committed to delivering tailored managed IT services which meet the highest security standards and all other needs of customers in terms of process efficiency, functionalities and ownership models. The goal is to provide transparency for customers in all processes relating to managed service solutions. To enable this and ensure the necessary flexibility, Konica Minolta works with a network of renowned partners who are well-established, key players within their fields of business – just like SolarWinds.

    Since IT services and MSPs have the capabilities and superior resources to address these issues including new and changing laws and regulations, building strong relationships with established service providers is highly beneficial for companies." . . . [Read More at KonicaMinolta.eu]