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6 Reasons You Should Outsource Your Security Monitoring

Posted by Kevin Landt on Aug 18, 2015

 

“Jack of all trades, master of none” is not a figure of speech not everyone relishes having aimed at them. You go out of our way to deepen your skill sets and experience so that you can do things others can’t. In spite of this, many of IT organizations yield to the temptation to keep all security functions in-house despite lacking the time or resources.

It's wise to have someone inside your business whose job is to be aware of the security environment and maintain security controls. To freight that person, or small team, with keeping current on every new threat and with measures for their detection, isolation and destruction is asking far too much of both your people and your organizational chart.

When you reach this point, you need to look outside your company for a more complete, dynamic, and reliable suite of services that you can provide yourself. In other words, just as you, and your company, have specific things they do better than anyone else, companies like ours do too. In our case, it’s continuous security monitoring.

Here are six reasons the companies we work with have found compelling enough to reach outside their company for specialist help.

 

Outsourcing improves your security profile.

Ongoing monitoring of systems ensures the ongoing identification of threats and vulnerabilities. With the help of security specialists, you can get off the back foot when it comes to security, stop reacting, and start proactively imporving security posture with a solid risk management plan.

 

It results in less money spent and fewer problems.

The more money (and employee hours) you have to spend on security, the less you’ll have to make the products for which you are justly renowned or to provide the services that have made your company a success. Incorporating a managed SIEM service into your security program can free up your internal IT resources to focus on more directly serving your business needs. Additionally, each outlay requires metrics be defined and goals be met, which takes attention and creativity away from the core competencies of your firm.

 

You’ll see increased uptime.

 With managed IT services that improve your security controls, your uptime increases because vital systems are less vulnerable to attack. Downtime costs money, productivity, and sales. So limiting it to the bare minimum is an easy way to increase the bottom line.

 

You get what you pay for.

Value is important to all aspects of a business and that includes security. If you are getting good results for your outlay—and especially if in the end you are saving money with the internal efficiency that outsourcing gives you—then it’s money worth spending. If you hire an IT security firm with specialist knowledge, proven effectiveness, effective processes for dynamic learning, and excellent thinkers and engineers, you are in the end, getting more for less.

 

You’ll have access to on-demand security talent.

There is currently a severe shortage of trained information security professionals. Building an in-house team of security professionals will take a large amount of time and effort, and you may still come up short on the skills you need. On-demand security talent is key point in favor of managed services.

 

Outsourcing offers better security overall.

Each device your company employs to communicate information is a potential target for cyber criminals. By guarding each device you can build up a security texture that provides multiple safeguards at each possible entry point. Your contracted security team has a broad view into threats target customers similar to you, and can help you move resources strategically to bolster defenses as needed. This strategy keeps your company constantly one step ahead of the bad guys.

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Tags: Security Programs, Log Management, Managed Security Services

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