When resources are unlimited, you can afford wasteful spending. But for most organizations with limited IT budgets and too few staff, it’s important to invest your security spend wisely. This means finding the ways to stretch your dollar further and get better value out of your investments. You can’t afford to waste money on solutions that are never deployed or require staff you don’t have to manage.
I’ve spent the past few years calling into CIOs, IT Managers, or Security Engineers discussing where their security program is today and what they would like it transformed too. Even though you probably dread the sight of an unknown number, my favorite part of my position is being a facilitator of conversation as well as understanding the focus of all parties involved. What I’ve come to realize is the disconnect that often exists within the security team and the individual goals differ position to position.
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.
Is your team overwhelmed and under-resourced? Extend your team and gain a 24x7 SOC without hiring for a single new position. Given the shortage of security talent in the market today, it can be extremely difficult to hire and retain qualified staff even if you have the resources. For those who don’t, it can be near to impossible.
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.
EiQ’s affordable, effective hybrid security as a service transforms how mid-market organizations build enterprise-class security programs. Acting as an extension of our customers’ IT teams, EiQ provides continuous security operations based on best-of-breed technology at a fraction of the cost of alternate solutions. EiQ is a trusted advisor to organizations that need to improve their IT security and compliance posture and protect against cyber threats and vulnerabilities. Here are just a handful of the organizations we’re proud to call customers:
If you are like most IT professionals these days, you are no doubt juggling an increasingly complex security landscape while struggling to stay up-to-date with the latest tools and techniques.
This can add up to an incredible amount of unproductive time. In fact, according to IDC, 35% of organizations spend more than 500 hours a month just reviewing security alerts, and The Ponemon Institute has revealed that some organizations waste a staggering 395 hours per week on average just investigating false positives!
You’ve made a decision. You did your research. You reviewed the analyst reports, you talked to colleagues and probably read dozens of white papers or buyer’s guides all about the benefits of outsourcing your security (SaaS). You want to commit. Congratulations! But much like any relationship, you need to be 100% ready and prepared if you want your SaaS partnership to be a raging success. You need to know what you want and don’t want. So, how do you get started?
Spring has sprung. The snow has melted and baseball season is underway. It’s time to clear out the cobwebs, both literally and figuratively. And if Martha Stewart has any say about it, it’s time for a household’s typical spring cleaning involves clearing out closets, de-cluttering cabinets, and getting everything clean and shiny. But that’s not all that might need attention. The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Better Business Bureau (BBB) say now is the perfect time for a “digital spring cleaning.”
In fact, they have offered up a laundry list of tips that are great reminders for all. We’ve included a couple, plus a few of our own.