As a Solutions engineer, we have the privilege of listening to mid-sized and large organizations that are struggling to keep up with the ever-changing cyber security landscape. This blog post will provide insight and hopefully educate those with one or more of the following signs that a Security as a Service was needed yesterday.
Let’s pause though. What is Security as a Service? This is a software-as-a-service security program that comprehensively identifies threats, helps mitigate risk and meet compliance. Generally, this is comprised of a balance between People, Process, and Technology.
- Not Being Prepared to Mitigate Risks
Underestimating preparedness serves as the most dangerous scenario for any IT team. Before jumping into action, it’s essential to have on hand: Where, What, and How? Having to investigate this on the fly is certainly not ideal and just time consuming. Additionally, collaborating within a single pane of glass creates a smoother process to easily mobilize other stakeholders.
Security as a Service provides access to all relevant teams in one location to efficiently complete critical tasks and tackle problems. To add, Security as a Service eliminates siloed logs and data that is relevant for any investigation that affects the business. Ultimately, it provides a unique platform that provides execution of resolution instead of more wasted time.
- Not Scaling Properly
Supporting the growth of an organization is an inherently difficult task. There are times when more servers get spun up than there are new users, creating chaos for teams around. Maintaining security along with the growth of the organization should be done simultaneously. Also, as the organization continues to grow, security policies and tools need to be updated. This only further complicates the task.
Security as a Service offers inherent release strategies to maintain the momentum and avoid looking back to stand up security.
- Not Managing Data Locally
As many organizations are aware, managing data is a large component of the Total Cost of Ownership in using any security product. IT Teams are always tasked with the responsibility of maintaining large storage of data that grows to the several terabytes (conservatively). Coupled with redundancies and disaster recovery, the cost of hosting this becomes problematic.
Security as a Service opens opportunities to manage data indirectly as normally done in any SaaS solution. The uptime increases substantially as redundancies, accessibility, but most important, piece of mind resides outside of the server closet.
- Not Supervising Compliance
As organizations focus on business-critical day-to-day functions, they heavily rely on the internal teams for regulating compliance standards. The responsibility to manage the intricate objectives that any one regulation has is quite the tall task for any team. For example, maintaining detailed notes of every privilege escalation the organization or ACL change on a firewall is understood as standard practice.
Security as a Service is naturally managing forensically searchable data that easily validates compliance regulations and day to day metrics that assists any team in being proactive
- Not Just Another “Tool”
For years organizations have purchased tools with the intention of enhancing visibility, security, and/or efficiency. Throughout the years, all these tools have become difficult to manage and in many cases, the employee who originally purchased the tool is no longer with the organization. Purchasing another tool that is not well-managed will only exacerbate this problem.
Security as a Service offers organizations a fully managed solution. This frees up organizations to stay on track with any upcoming projects, and accounts for employee turnover, as employees don’t need to learn how to use yet another tool.
- Not Enough Time
It is too common in today’s environments that there is too much work to do and not enough hours to complete it. This is especially true for Security. There are simply too many things to consider, too many risks to manage, too much to keep you up at night.
Security as a Service can help organizations by properly managing security concerns and paying attention to only what is important to you.
- Too Many False Positives
The biggest headache mid-sized and large organizations face is the increasing number of false positives. The first thing to remember is that your time is valuable. False positives are notoriously living with many security products in today's environments. In too many cases, organizations are forced to ignore alerts or investigate everything that comes through the security product.
Security as a Service offers organizations a dedicated SOC team, which will tune alerts to make them more meaningful and effective. As well as, investigate all the triggered alerts to provide that much needed focus on only the incidents that require attention.
If any of these signs sound familiar, it might be time to start using Security as a Service, like Cygilant's SOCVue. Experience how Cygilant SOCVue and 24x7 GSOC Team can help detect threats, prioritize vulnerabilities and apply patches with a free trial.