The abrupt shift to work-from-home environments in 2020 brought cyber security to the forefront of companies’ priorities. It has caused security to go from being an afterthought to a central part of business strategies across every industry. While some larger corporations may have an in-house security team ready to handle the varied and frequent threats attacking dispersed branch locations and home offices, many businesses have turned to managed security.
The Argument for an In-House Team:
If your company has the budget and the access to talent, there are good reasons for having your security managed by your in-house team. They will better understand the culture of your company and the objectives you are trying to achieve, as well as how security interacts with various departments in your organization. It may also improve communication and transparency. The downside is that you may have gaps in coverage when team members go on leave or outside of office hours. You may also have challenges keeping up with the latest training needed to stay ahead of changes and trends in security.
The Case for Managed Security:
For many businesses, these challenges are addressed through managed security. Here are three reasons it might be a good fit for your business:
When you invest in managed services, you receive 24/7 monitoring and threat mitigation. Many managed security providers use a combination of artificial intelligence and trained agents to establish a baseline for normal activity so that any anomaly is quickly identified and evaluated, even if it’s outside of normal business hours.
It can be nearly impossible for your in-house team to stay current on their training for addressing the ever-changing nature of cyber security, but a managed security provider prioritizes this investment as a core part of their business offering. Researching and setting up cyber security solutions is a time-consuming task for an in-house team, but a managed services provider will have a full understanding of the best solution for your organization once they understand your needs.
With an in-house team, your investment may be more than what you want to budget. From onboarding and training costs to benefits, an in-house approach comes with a lot of expense – especially if you need after-hours monitoring and threat detection. It’s also important to note that there is no “one size fits all” solution for security, and a managed security services provider will have all the features and tools necessary to protect your business from attacks.
Deciding whether to keep security in-house or outsource to managed security may involve some considerations that require some guidance. From choosing your method to identifying priorities and the right technology solutions, Independent Connections is here to assist. Contact us to get started on implementing the right cyber security plan for your business.