July 13, 2020
Outside insight changes organizations from the inside out.
By engaging a third party for consulting services, like managed security services, a company can fundamentally circumvent and rewire the processes that may reinforce confirmation bias in the way that things have always been done. These outsiders may change the fabric of teams, either weaving a new organizational structure or shifting a standard operating procedure to be more efficient. This intrinsic change to the way things are done will ultimately yield a fresh approach that benefits employees and customers with innovation.
The benefits of managed security services start with a new perspective, which can present a better way to do things or fulfill needs that were previously unmet. What more can you ask for? Well, quite a bit, which is why we've outlined a high-level overview of some of the primary benefits you may receive from a managed security services provider.
The Security Benefits of Managed Security Services
A managed security service provider will be able to focus on cybersecurity measures with leading-edge tactics, possibly in ways that may seem lower priority to an encumbered information technology staff, thereby identifying existing weaknesses that were invisible to the company.
For example, endpoint protection for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) work environments may be either too much to take on for a small team or there may be advancements in the field that they haven't been able to keep up with due to burdensome workloads.
If you aren't sure what endpoint protection entails, read more on our blog "What is Endpoint Security?"
It also means 24/7 access to immediate answers from a knowledgeable authority capable of delivering services to not only your company, but several like it. They'll be able to provide a wide host of services to fill in the gaps in skill sets that may exist in the organization. This leads to the next point.
The Staffing Benefits of Managed Security Services
People are only capable of doing so many things at one time before breakdowns in efficiency and capability occur. There's nothing wrong with admitting that a team may have gaps in its knowledge. Information technology is a developing field that changes rapidly from one day to the next.
Not only does adding a managed security services provider to the mix patch up possible risks, it also frees up in-house staff members to focus on value-driven areas of the business, contributing to vital problems in the business that they have an intimate awareness of, which an outside agency simply wouldn't be able to help with.
The examples of this are endless, but the point is that IT staff can focus on products and services that generate value for their team, department, and fellow coworkers. This can even extend to creating savings for the organization down the line, bringing us to the next point.
The Savings Benefits of Managed Security Services
People cost a lot. Any leader knows that with complexity comes costs, and with a field like cybersecurity the price tag can get high. How high? Average hourly wages can range from $45 to $60. Average annual salaries can reach into the six-figure territory.
It's unlikely that cybersecurity will be handled by one employee. Once you start adding more cybersecurity staff to your team, payroll starts to bloat.
The benefit of a managed security service provider is that the services come at a fraction of the cost of having an internal team. The services you have access to will also be available a la carte — you choose what you need, or consult with a knowledgeable agency to figure out what that is, prompting the next point.
The Expertise Benefits of Managed Security Services
A managed security services provider has access to a broad assortment of clients, quite possibly ranging across different industries. This consistent, repeated exposure to novel security threats builds up an encyclopedic understanding of the risks an organization may be facing, be it past, present, or future.
They'll likely be able to identify and remove risks with incredibly quick and effective methodology that's been established and tested over years of being in business.
They'll know what to look for immediately, and without the trappings of internal politics. A managed security service provider will also be able to come at a task with a fresh perspective, overturning overlooked areas for fresh insights.
The approach would be simple, clean, and measured. Tempered by time-tested protocol that can be utilized for a fraction of the cost of hiring internal staff, depending on the contract.