How MSSPs are Becoming the New CSOs in Smaller Organizations

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Jan 08, 2015 05:02 pm PST

Cybersecurity is at the forefront of every organization’s mind, as companies both large and small have already or will be hacked. However, supporting cybersecurity efforts can get expensive and time-consuming, especially for small businesses (SMBs). Rather than take on these responsibilities and expenses themselves, many SMBs are looking to managed security service providers (MSSPs) to help navigate the right approach to security solutions and practices.

MSSPs can guide organizations in the right direction to achieve long-term benefits including expansion, scalability and increased security.

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Data breach reports in 2014 have proven that many vulnerabilities and advanced threats can be attributed to inconsistent monitoring and event management systems. There’s no doubt that a single team in an organization needs to monitor systems proactively and in real-time, but not all SMBs have the staff to dedicate to that role. Leaning on MSSPs can help SMBs ensure their security needs are met and costly missteps are avoided so they don’t become the latest data breach headline.

Once SMBs embrace their MSSP as part of their organization, IT departments can reap the benefits of having access to a large array of security solutions and experts that otherwise may not have been available in-house. MSSPs provide capabilities on a “rental” basis – since most are subscription-based businesses – giving organizations the ability to test solutions instead of tying up funds and investing in one that may not prove effective.

Outsourcing security needs can also help alleviate the burden of staying compliant. MSSPs are required to stay up to date on mandates and compliance measures, which means businesses using these services will also remain up to date.

All organizations should have a security strategy in place, and when it comes to day-to-day monitoring and reporting of security vulnerabilities, outsourcing to an MSSP can result in tremendous benefits – from scaled down IT cost, to reduced time of training IT staff, to achieving compliance with audits, to ultimately providing companies with the security needed to rest peacefully at night. Allowing an MSSP to fill the role of an organization’s CSO could mean no longer having to wonder what vulnerabilities may be hiding around the corner.

By Ian Trump, MAXfocus Security Lead. Consultant, LogicNow

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