Advanced network security is a complex, albeit crucial component for modern businesses. But with Security-as-a-Service or SECaaS, it isn’t all that mind-boggling. Essentially, SECaaS allows you to obtain reliable cyber security services from a dedicated IT services provider on a subscription basis.
The SECaaS market is rapidly growing. By 2020, it will have grown to $8.52 billion, a 20-percent increase from its 2016 figure of $3 billion. Businesses of all sizes are turning to SECaaS to provide 24/7 monitoring along with intrusion detection and prevention systems needed to thwart cybercriminals. Other than the obvious security benefits, there are a slew of other advantages businesses can expect.
Advanced IT security comes with a hefty price tag. If you are a small- or medium-sized business looking to set up in-house security, you’ll need to purchase multiple hardware devices and software to ensure optimal protection. On top of that, you will need to perform periodic system upgrades and replace faulty components to steer clear of the dangers posed by outdated technology. To keep everything in check, you’ll also have to hire one or more technicians familiar with advanced IT security infrastructure.
With Security-as-a-Service, all the above mentioned cybersecurity components will be handled by the managed services provider. Not only will you be leaving your IT in the hands of experts, you’ll also forego purchasing costs and be responsible only for the subscription fee.
Work with experts
Network security is an extremely broad subject; therefore, there is no way for an individual to know everything about every aspect. For example, some security professionals focus on encryption, while others focus on web application security. Security-as-a-Service gives your business a chance to work with experts and access resources that you’d otherwise be unable to afford with an in-house system. This allows internal staff to spend less time on technical problems and more time on building solutions that add value to your organization.
Most security systems lack adequate manpower. While you can automate many processes, it is people who are always called upon to make a judgment call. Breaches can occur at anytime, causing internal IT staff to spend most of their time collecting status reports from network devices, firewalls and intrusion detection systems.
Security-as-a-Service solutions dedicate teams to a specific activity (such as monitoring logs), and distribute the cost across many customers, thus lowering the total unit cost. This is something security programs didn’t have without working with the cloud-based model. This raises the effectiveness of network security while freeing up staff to focus on higher-level risk management activities.
Reposition information security
IT security departments are typically perceived as standing in the way of achieving organizational goals. This is due to numerous reasons that may or may not be the fault of in-house administrators. Some employees may not understand the importance of encryption or firewalls to protect sensitive data. And even if they did, they wouldn’t be able to appreciate the amount of time needed to properly implement security technologies.
While Security-as-a-Service won’t educate the entire organization on the importance of meeting security requirements, it might be able to reduce the collective perception on network security. This allows the information security department to forge a new relationship with organization leaders.
All it takes is one cyberattack and your sensitive business data is gone for good. This is why maintaining robust network defenses has never been more paramount. Check out PC Lan Techs’ long-form article, Everything SMBs should know about cybersecurity in 2018, to learn more about protecting your business. Otherwise, feel free to contact us about a proposal today.