Cybersecurity as a service: what is it? And is it good for your business?
With tight budgets and hard-to-find security talent, a growing number of organizations are taking a hard look at cybersecurity as a service (CSaaS) – an outsourced risk management model on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Managed security services are not new, but the CSaaS market has changed in recent years with the evolution of data sharing and digital work systems. Organizations that may not have prioritized security are increasingly turning to outside specialists to meet their cybersecurity needs. Some of the services provided by CSaaS include threat monitoring and detection and incident response.
Let’s take a look at some of the reasons companies are choosing CSaaS.
- It provides access to expertise
Many organizations struggle to keep pace with the complexity of today’s threat landscape. Breaches and attacks have become more costly over time, and the methods malicious actors use to exploit their targets have become more sophisticated. More than half (54%) of IT managers say cyberattacks are now too advanced for their teams to deal with, according to a 2021 Sophos survey of 5,400 IT managers in 30 countries.
CSaaS provides access to a team of experts and expertise that may not be available internally. In a nutshell, your CSaaS provider becomes your security team, and the right provider will be able to answer your questions, provide 24/7 monitoring, and be there in the event of a breach or breach. offensive.
- It’s scalable
CSaaS is not a set of services that you should accept without flexibility. Hiring a CSaaS provider allows an organization to choose their level of service (and change those options every year).
This is a big plus, because over time the level (or type) of service required may increase or decrease, depending on factors such as internal growth, existing security tools, internal skills, etc. For many organizations, CSaaS can be a starting point for launching a comprehensive security program, but the services needed will evolve based on the organization’s threat landscape and strategy.
- It’s affordable
Staffing an entire security team is simply not an option for many organizations, especially small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). CSaaS offers companies the flexibility to opt for a comprehensive security program without having to compete for hard-to-find skill sets when hiring new employees.
Although there is a cost associated with hiring a CSaaS vendor, much of the costly overhead is eliminated by outsourcing the security function. With no staff to train and retain, CSaaS reduces financial burden while providing the business with the security it needs to manage risk.
The bottom line
Many large organizations need to retain internal staff dedicated to security. But for others, turning to a vendor for cybersecurity makes the most logistical and financial sense; it also means the company can focus on its core mission again, and that’s always good for business.
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