Virus Protection: How to Keep Your MSP Business Secure

Managed IT Services San FranciscoThere is always a lot of risks that you are exposed to as a business owner when it comes to your information technology. The danger of being hacked brings forth the need for some rather extensive virus protection. Your managed service provider should be on top of your IT security at all times. If they are not, it may be a chance to start shopping around for one that is going to meet your needs and give you the peace of mind you deserve.

What are the areas that you should be concerned about when it comes to your IT security? You certainly want to think about the risks that are present when you are working in the office, as well as working from home. It is always important to ensure your data is protected at all times, no matter where your employees are and where they are connecting to your network from.

Working from Home

There is a significant need for virus protection when you are working from home, especially when you are working on a personal device such as your laptop or smartphone. Think of the risk that is present when you have an entirely unprotected laptop connected to your network, your data.

The reason as to why so many companies are now giving their employees laptops is because they want them to be working on devices that they have fully secured. The same can be said for smartphones.

Your managed service provider should have a full understanding of the risks that are present when it comes to devices hooking up to your network. This means making sure that, when you are using a personal device, that they are connecting through a secured hook up that is not going to pose any major risk. This means having the right firewalls, IT security protection, and so on.

Stopping Unwanted Viruses

When you are talking about protecting your network from viruses, you need to build walls in essence that are going to work to protect sensitive data from things that have the potential to do lots of harm. Firewalls are one of the best ways to do just that.

You have a personal computer that your employee is using at home to get in the network. They log onto the system and they are allowed access through the firewall due to the connection that you have made to it. Now what if that personal computer is also loaded up with viruses that are going to try and attack your network? This is where the firewall needs to come into play so potentially unsafe files can be filtered and blocked out before they make their way in.

Keeping Software Updated

It is not enough to have virus software protection installed out of the gate and then call it a day. The reality is that viruses are changing every single day and you need to work to ensure that you are keeping the software that backs up the virus protection up to date at all times. Your managed service provider should be working to make sure that all of the latest updated are in place. This is going to allow your company and your IT security to be more sound, knowing that no new viruses are going to be able to sneak by your protection simply because you do not have it all updated.


A managed service provider should be able to help you with virus protection from top to bottom. Whether this is for employees working from home on a personal device or in the office, it is important to take steps to block viruses. Keeping the software updated and at the ready to identify, prevent, and entirely remove any virus it detects can help your IT security tenfold.


Mark McGarvey

Mark McGarvey is president of One Click Solutions Group, a managed services in San Francisco and security provider serving small and mid-sized businesses with 20 to 100 employees in the Bay Area. Mark began his career in msp consulting, before living in San Francisco, in the 90s as a senior support technician for a then-small company in Austin, TX called Dell. After working for a number of organizations in desktop support/management and systems administration, Mark realized a passion for two things: Ensuring computer systems ran smoothly and keeping the people that used these systems happy and productive. This passion helped him get his IT business started in San Francisco!  As a small business owner, Mark empathizes with other business owners that need computer support in San Francisco and understands the things dearest to them: Increasing productivity and efficiency and keeping costs low and ROI high.