Before companies choose an IT security solution, they should ask the provider of managed security services four critical questions. This is the only way you can be sure of finding a reliable partner to protect your company.
The cybersecurity threat landscape is incredibly volatile. Cyber criminals are becoming more and more professional, specializing and even competing with other groups. As a result, companies are exposed to attacks not just once but repeatedly within months, weeks or days - sometimes even simultaneously.
Labor shortages require solutions
Global cybersecurity labor shortages exacerbate these challenges. Globally, the cybersecurity workforce gap will increase by 2022, according to the “2022 Cybersecurity Workforce Study by (ISC)²' increased by 26,2%, with a total of more than three million vacancies. While some regions perform better than others - such as Latin America, which closed the gap by 26,4% - the remaining bottlenecks still pose national security risks.
Cyber criminals are always active, and security teams need to be too. Many organizations that do not have the resources to detect and respond to increasingly sophisticated cyber threats on their own are choosing to leverage Cybersecurity-as-a-Service (CSaaS) to implement proactive countermeasures. With the CSaaS model, companies use external specialists to meet critical cybersecurity requirements, such as: B. XNUMX/XNUMX threat monitoring. By outsourcing or augmenting IT teams with Managed Detection and Response (MDR) services as a core CSaaS offering, organizations can help mitigate attacks before they happen.
The most important questions about managed security services
Any company considering outsourcing security operations should ask security service partners these four questions:
1.What is your experience of working with other companies in our industry and region?
If the vendor is working with other organizations in their industry and region, they should have first-hand experience defending against the specific threats they face.
2. Can they manage and support our existing technologies?
Ask if the CaaS provider can build on their existing security technologies, or if they need to remove and replace what they already have in place. The ideal vendor should be able to work with existing technology solutions.
3. How mature is their understanding of emerging cyber threats?
Criminals often evolve in the tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) they use to carry out attacks as stealthily as possible. Organizations should be very careful to ensure that a prospective vendor has the resources to ensure quality threat analysis and rapid response.
4. Can a potential partner's solution scale with our business and evolve with our needs?
It is vital that each prospective partner is able to meet the individual's growing and evolving needs and effectively optimize enterprise security along with changing needs.
With a strong CSaaS provider, companies are able to implement a fully established security structure with proactive countermeasures and 24/7 support. This gives organizations the ability to continuously improve their IT operations and refine organizational models, enabling them not only to survive but also to thrive in a highly volatile threat landscape.
About Sophos More than 100 million users in 150 countries trust Sophos. We offer the best protection against complex IT threats and data loss. Our comprehensive security solutions are easy to deploy, use and manage. They offer the lowest total cost of ownership in the industry. Sophos offers award-winning encryption solutions, security solutions for endpoints, networks, mobile devices, email and the web. In addition, there is support from SophosLabs, our worldwide network of our own analysis centers. The Sophos headquarters are in Boston, USA and Oxford, UK.