EY Launches Managed Cyber Security Services to protect SMEs against increasing cyber security threat

EY Ireland has announced the launch of its Managed Cyber Security Service, specifically tailored to support Irish SMEs and other businesses globally to defend against cyber security threats and attacks by reducing the cost and expertise barriers preventing many organisations from addressing their urgent cyber security needs.

Cyber-attacks are becoming more sophisticated and frequent as the abundance of connected devices means it is becoming ever more challenging for businesses, particularly those of a smaller scale, to keep up with the constantly shifting cyber threat.

Puneet Kukreja, EY Ireland Consulting Partner and Head of Cyber Security said, “A common myth is that a fully integrated in-house cyber infrastructure or a fully managed outsourced security capability is the only option. This can be resource heavy particularly for SMEs, leaving many businesses on the starting blocks where their cyber security journey is concerned.”

Results from EY Ireland’s recent Tech Leaders and CFO Outlook surveys point at cost and resource barriers, plus assumptions regarding levels of complexity as the key factors causing a failure-to-launch where cyber-preparedness is concerned.

Technology leaders acknowledge cyber-attacks as a growing external threat, with one in three citing cybersecurity risks as a challenge, however, cyber defence for their own businesses does not feature on their list of strategic and investment priorities. Organisations that experience a cyber breach invest in defences while others often divert spend elsewhere. These survey results show that many businesses are leaving themselves open to attack in a fast-paced digital world, where reliable cyber security protection is now more important than ever.

EY Ireland’s new Managed Cyber Security Operations Centre (MSOC) – that includes specialist services across the full spectrum of cyber – can support businesses who have been slow to embark on their cyber preparedness journey often due to misconceptions around expected technical complexity, lack of in-house skills and difficulty estimating cyber investment requirements. With SMEs these barriers become even more pronounced as they can be vulnerable to smaller budgets and no specialised security function to provide adequate cyber protection.

“The reality is that it is significantly more cost effective to protect against threats, than to react after the incident. Treating cybersecurity as an expense rather than an investment is counter-productive, leaving businesses wide open to attack. Modern, cloud-based infrastructure and open AI means that a single stolen credential or compromised account can be used by bad actors to launch an attack,” added Kukreja.

Insights from recent EY CTO and CIO research chimes with EY client feedback that, opting for tailored, outsourced Managed Cybersecurity Services allows businesses to overcome barriers, close internal resource and technology gaps and keep costs down, to clear the path towards accelerated growth.

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