To help battle with evolving threats, organizations turn to managed security services providers and other vendors for outsourcing several security functions.

FREMONT, CA: Cybersecurity has continued to grow in importance for companies of all sizes, but so has the burden and responsibility to protect sensitive data from getting into the wrong hands. The complexity of cybercrime has progressed, and this can be attributed to the rapid advancement in technology people use – from smartphones, laptops, and the IoT.  Malicious actors are now using more sophisticated means to exploit networks; therefore, defending against these cyber threats now needs the role of dedicated, highly-skilled professionals to respond effectively to incidents before damage happens. But the shortage of security talent is also making it more challenging. Outsourcing enables an organization to shift the burden of offering security analysts and other workers to the managed services providers while using the in-house staff for more strategic work. Here is more to know.

Malicious actors don’t keep office hours — enterprises need to monitor their environment 24/7. One best practice is to unify the security team, technology, and processes under the umbrella of a security operations center (SOC).  Outsourcing either some of the security operations could provide cost efficiencies. Another advantage of using managed security services provider (MSSP) vendors is that firms can leverage their expertise and not worry about employing a large cadre of security analysts and other specialists.

Legacy and unpatched systems pose a significant risk because bad actors are continually finding ways to use vulnerabilities in software and hardware. But managing vulnerabilities is an ongoing battle for many organizations. Outsourcing functions like vulnerability assessments can help enterprises prioritize the risks to address the most vital vulnerabilities first. Cybersecurity education and training involve several layers. Enterprises need to train both the end-users and their security personnel. There are benefits to outsourcing each of these programs. Vendors whose core function is training are constantly updating their knowledge and training, which would be complex to do in-house. The security awareness and training program for employees and other end users should be ongoing, starting with new employee onboarding, for which outsourcing is the best option.