Outsourced Cybersecurity: The Benefits for Cloud-based Organizations
The next-generation cloud-based organizations with a remote workforce are often running lean. They save money on office space and, from a technology standpoint, they have very little company-owned hardware, with most employees working by BYOD.
These lean organizations should keep money in the budget, however, for managed security services as a largely remote workforce can open an organization up to several security challenges. Many cloud-based organizations outsource cybersecurity for its numerous benefits. Here’s a list of the pros.
It’s lean like your organization
A third-party cybersecurity package is hands-down the most cost-effective way to protect your organization’s precious data. It’s cheaper than hiring a permanent employee and buying all their software needs, and most packages scale to your needs too, so you pay based on the size of your organization and its IT network.
You gain access to superior expertise
A remote cybersecurity firm’s sole area of expertise lies in keeping organizations’ IT infrastructure secure. Their teams often have broad and extensive knowledge of your unique cybersecurity needs from working with multiple cloud-based organizations. They stay on top of the latest security vulnerabilities and patches that your business needs too.
Your hooked up to the best cybersecurity technology
Third-party companies often leverage the scale of serving many businesses to purchase sophisticated software and tools that couldn’t be afforded in-house. This means your organization gets protected by industry-leading cybersecurity technology.
Support is there when you need it the most
Generally vendors provide 24/7 cybersecurity reporting. For organizations like yours, this is beneficial because a cyberattack can happen at any time of day. While your organization may span multiple time zones, achieving reliable round-the-clock response from an in-house team would likely require multiple employees and premium wages — not the lean approach at all.
Your organization can simply focus on what it does best
According to a survey from data analytics firm FICO and research company Ovum, 63% of organizations expect to see a rise in cyber threats and data breaches over the coming year. This means looking after your organization’s cybersecurity posture needs to be a top priority.
To adequately protect your organization in this climate without the help of an outside vendor would require the level of prioritization that can become a distraction. Outsourcing cybersecurity allows your organization to focus on its actual offerings and the people they serve.
Conclusion: Choose the right outsourced cybersecurity firm for the most benefits
Just like the distributed team you work with every day, the success of a remote cybersecurity relationship is built on trust and good communication.
Before you sign a contract, make sure to vet your cybersecurity vendor by reviewing their website, proposals, and client feedback. Talk to the service provider to make sure you understand:
- how they will protect your organization’s data,
- how they’ll keep your organization compliant with your industry’s regulations,
- the protocol if things go wrong, and
- the typical time it takes to resolve incidents.
It’s important to do your due diligence and make a fully-informed decision about what firm you choose because, at the end of the day, it’s still your organization that gets held accountable for cyberattacks and data breaches.