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.
The cyber threat landscape is an ever-changing phenomena, as organized groups of cyber criminals and nation-sponsored hackers with far-reaching resources and knowledge wreak havoc. This evolved cyber landscape has left mid-market organizations, those with small (if any) IT departments, having to field constant threats with limited in-house resources, often unsuccessfully. In fact, 71% of cyber-attacks are targeted at organizations with fewer than 100 employees.
Coerced by the pressures of competition, businesses have to carefully weigh the value of every minute and every expense, seeking to maximize productivity and minimize expenses. In such a stressful environment, it can be easy to disregard the necessity of cybersecurity. If a company has not suffered a data breach in the past, it may not encounter one in the future—or so the thinking goes. But when security is sacrificed, any gains are likely to be short-lived, leading to serious consequences.
The Illusion of Speed
Cybersecurity takes time to put in place. Hiring an auditing team, for example, to evaluate all of the risks your company faces means you must schedule precious time to meet with the auditors, to decide what to do about their recommendations, and then implement them. It’s understandably easier to forget such tasks in favor of the familiar challenges of regular work.