Cloud and “as a Service” vendors offer nearly everything these days, from software to development platforms and network infrastructure. This has given companies affordable options, especially in the small to medium business (SMB) category. One service offering, security, has begun to rise in popularity. Here’s what to know when considering a transition to an outsourced solution.
Implementing an effective protection program is no small feat. The list of factors to consider seems nearly endless, from anti-virus programs to intrusion detection and prevention, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack defense, encryption, access control systems, and more. Purchasing each of these components and creating a solid strategy may be unaffordable to SMBs.
By outsourcing a solution, the list of expenses is diminished to a manageable monthly recurring charge and the company still has access to effective defenses. An entire suite of services may be purchased, or a la carte options can be selected to supplement the programs already in place. Outsourcing may also be used to satisfy a temporary or specific need, as in the case of annual penetration testing or yearly infrastructure audits.
One of the most valuable benefits of outsourcing security is that the selected vendor is responsible for the evolution of the protection profiles as well as keeping up with new hacker trends. These skilled professionals spend considerable time and effort listening for information on the latest infiltration tactics and developing the techniques to defend against them.
As the number of breaches and identity theft issues continues to rise, companies are thinking more about security. It would be extremely cumbersome for an SMB to try to keep up with the minute-by-minute evolution of cybercrime. Staying on top of new developments is much easier via outsourcing.
Considering the skill and compensation level of the professionals in the security industry, hiring the array of positions that would be needed for a comprehensive security strategy would be nearly impossible for a smaller company. Outsourcing is an easy way to achieve the constant skill adaptation needed today.
Security as a Service and outsourced options are certainly noteworthy, but may not be right for every organization. Companies with government contracts, for example, may be prohibited from using this type of solution, and should verify this prior to entering any agreements.
An important point to note is that outsourcing protection is not a process that can be dismissed once in the hands of a vendor. Business leaders must remain engaged and able to follow directions given by the program provider. Working with the selected vendor to refine tasks, systems, and strategies strengthens the program and ensures a higher quality level of protection.
Selecting the right vendor is imperative as it can be a significant challenge to remove and replace their services if they are not a good fit for the organization.
Security is a critical part of a company’s success. Creating a well-rounded program is meaningful and important to customers and stakeholders. For more information on outsourcing security, contact Coda Global today.