4 Benefits of Managed Security That Relieve Security Pressures
When it comes to an organization’s security strategy, there is a lot on the line. Managing priorities, budget, compliance and regulation requirements, changes in technology and testing is a big job for any IT department. Unfortunately, many IT teams are short-staffed and may not have the skills or resources necessary to execute a sufficient security strategy on top of their day-to-day tasks.
In fact, 21% of people surveyed named more security skills as their top wish list item for 2018, according to a recent survey by Trustwave. Insufficient skills and staffing can lead to dire consequences for businesses. Frequently, an internal team’s skills are either too basic in nature or emergency response focused, rather than preventative. These shortcomings leave little room for proactive security measures such as security information and event management (SIEM), security testing and incident response.
As a result, the upward trend in adoption of managed security services comes as no surprise. In 2018, 78% of those surveyed said they either already use a managed security services provider or are planning to in the future. Whether it’s in conjunction with an in-house team or as the sole handler of their security program, using managed security services alleviates some of the pressures internal IT teams experience. Bringing on a service provider for managed security provides the following benefits:
- Get managed for less than “do-it-yourself”
- Beyond the cost of full-time headcount and finding the right expertise, a managed service provider offers a quicker ramp on the front end. Also, a managed service provider will offer round-the-clock support, where an in-house team may not.
- Crowd-sourced threat intelligence
- The best managed service providers leverage their worldwide presence to infuse their threat databases with intelligence from around the globe. This combination of data and real-world findings provides a timely and thorough view of global threat, allowing organizations to protect against known and emerging threats.
- Business continuity
- For smaller businesses especially, an in-house team will experience turnover at some point or another. If a team is only a couple people, gaps created by employee turnover, even if they are temporary, can expose a business to threats.
- Ability to keep up with security trends
- A well-respected managed service provider invests time and effort into remaining up-to-date on the latest threats and security trends. While the same is theoretically possible for an in-house team, realistically, they rarely have access to the same resources of a provider who does this for a living.
Although managed security is an investment, having a third-party that is solely responsible for managing your customers’ security strategy brings many advantages. With a dedicated, qualified team managing compliance requirements, proactive testing and staying on top of best practices, your customer’s internal team is free to focus on other high-priority tasks.
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