Using a managed security service can be a great way to gain enterprise-class security without making big investments in-house. For mid-size companies it can be especially attractive because it allows the existing IT team to be more efficient and productive without adding headcount.
SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) has been around a while and forms a pillar of many security programs, collecting and correlating data from a wide range of network devices to identify and alert on anomalous activity. This activity may indicate a potential attack or malicious actor posing a real threat to your network security. However, enterprise-class SIEM software products are advanced solutions and require constant tweaking and tuning of alerts to quiet unnecessary noise and provide actionable information on viable threats. These solutions require a team of staff to monitor alerts around the clock to interpret and respond to potential incidents. These solutions can also be very costly to purchase and deploy. However, managed SIEM services can avoid these hurdles and start delivering value to your organization almost immediately. If you’ve been putting off your SIEM projects because you don’t have enough staff or thought it would cost too much, you should consider a managed SIEM solution. Here are three reasons to look at managed SIEM:
Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) have been touted as the cure-all to security and compliance woes. The most common type of system sits on the network and inspects all inbound packets. An IDS/IPS is designed to inspect incoming packets to see if they are part of a malicious attack and drop or alert on the packets which are. But like most technologies, IDS/IPS has numerous limitations and pitfalls that vendors of these systems don’t want you to know. When considering how best to protect your organization’s network and an IDS/IPS is in the running, you should consider the following five key limitations.
Have you been thinking about using Security as a Service to supplement your team? If any of the statements below apply to your company, it’s time to stop thinking about it and start a new approach that incorporates Security as a Service into your operations.
Information security is becoming a competitive advantage in many industries, with companies that can be trusted with financial data and personal information becoming better able to attract and retain customers and partners. Security as a service allows resource-constrained organizations to keep a level playing field with larger enterprises. Instead of a large upfront fixed cost for software such as SIEM, personnel hiring and professional integration services, security as a service spreads those costs over the subscription period. This model can provide more flexibility when budgeting IT expenditures. The scarcity of trained security professionals makes hiring trained staff in-house difficult. With security as a service, you can often receive around-the-clock security coverage for less than the cost of staffing one shift in-house.
Are you looking to take your cybersecurity program to the next level? One of the most important steps in maturing your security program is moving to a dedicated team responsible for managing cyber risk.
Many organizations try to get by with someone on the IT team wearing the security hat. However, most recognize that this is only a temporary stage that will need to be addressed for several reasons:
Many business leaders feel as if IT security should be a service that's kept in-house. While it's true that internal employees do need to be able to take steps to ensure the safety of company data, there are a host of advantages to allowing an experienced outside company to take the reins.
So, what can your organization get out of outsourcing IT security?
1. Your team may not be experienced enough
Although your IT employees are obviously very talented individuals, there's a good chance that cybersecurity isn't their main focus. While these workers surely know a good deal about this topic, it may not be enough to stop an impending cyberattack.
As the second quarter of 2016 continues, it is increasingly clear that SMEs are faced with an urgent need to secure their IT systems. The year isn't even halfway through and already organizations have seen sophisticated cyber attacks that outstrip those faced in the past. Combating such threats means IT personnel must be sufficiently knowledgeable and qualified, but often companies do not have the resources necessary to hire enough in-house IT staff. Given this challenge, many firms are turning to managed security services to improve their cyber defenses.
If you’re involved in information security, you’ve probably noticed that there’s a high demand for the limited number of talented security staff available in the market. Cisco has stated that they estimate the shortage at over 1 million unfilled security jobs worldwide. In a brief published in February, research firm, Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), concludes, “nearly half of organizations now claim to have a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills.” Finding and retaining qualified security professionals can be a challenge for any organization, but may be particularly hard for mid-market organizations who often lack the resources to attract top talent.