This article was originally published in Security Magazine.
A growing number of cyberattacks and the explosion of hybrid work have together pushed security resources to the brink, exposing the need for more managed services backed by machine learning.
Especially in the era of distributed, multi-cloud environments, information technology (IT) leaders require a more dynamic and holistic approach to avert bad actors, navigate a jagged threat landscape and avoid security stumbling blocks. Here’s what the journey looks like today:
To meet the moment, companies must augment their cybersecurity teams with the expertise and operational support of security service providers.
All but the largest and best-resourced organizations struggle with effective cybersecurity via a fully insourced model. As digital transformation accelerates, driving growth through the cloud and data science, it is imperative to augment security tech stacks with 24/7 operations. Nemertes research findings show successful companies — those with a lower median time to contain (MTTC) threats — are 52% more likely to have a security operations center (SOC).
But the problem is most organizations can’t afford to staff or manage a SOC. For those companies, a managed threat detection and response (MDR) offering is the answer. Security providers are better suited to put in place programs that are both responsively reactive and thoughtfully proactive. Nemertes also found that companies with fewer than 2,500 employees see a 50% MTTC improvement when moving to an externally managed SOC.
When security isn’t in order, digital transformation is a risky business. Any organization lacking an effective program should be pumping the brakes on innovation. For example, cloud migration shouldn’t be accelerated without proactively addressing cloud-related risks using technologies such as Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB). The right partner will understand your strategic plans and work to securely empower them.
Plus, forward-leaning providers should make machine learning, SASE solutions and zero trust frameworks all work together.
While there are many managed security service providers in the business, here are seven considerations for choosing the best fit. According to Nemertes, an ideal partner has:
Managed security services are more essential than ever — in addition to teams of certified security analysts, they bring the technological prowess in implementing work-from-anywhere models, zero trust architectures and secure access service edge (SASE) solutions. Moreover, they know how to build unified platforms capable of simplifying the often-overwhelming job of cybersecurity. IT and cybersecurity professionals evaluating services should seek all these things, identifying multiple possible partners.
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