These days, businesses are investing in their technology assets and relying on company networks like never before. Companies of all sizes are migrating to the cloud for everything from backup to disaster recovery to normal daily operations and outsourcing security monitoring to protect it.
Effectively protecting your business’s technology assets means more than simply purchasing a standard firewall and taking on a “set it and forget it” mentality. Businesses need an IT team that can process threat information in real time and make sense of alerts and data throughout the lifecycle of a potential incident—and most importantly, they need to have a disaster recovery plan in place for when the inevitable incident or data breach occurs.
The fact is, most small and medium-sized businesses simply can’t afford to keep an in-house IT Security Operations Center (SOC) on staff, and that’s where outsourcing comes in.
Outsourcing SOC Combines Cost-Effectiveness With Expertise
Even if your business has its own IT department, outsourcing your Security Operations Center offers comprehensive security benefits you simply can’t get in-house. When you outsource your SOC to a managed security services provider, you get professional expertise across multiple specialists with diverse Information Security backgrounds. Essentially, an outsourced SOC offers a multidisciplinary approach to Information Security that transcends the limitations of having just a few trained employees on staff.
What is an Outsourced SOC and What Does it Mean For Your Business?
A Security Operations Center is a dedicated cadre of Information Security specialists that consistently triage threats, analyze threat intelligence, and conduct incident response analysis all while monitoring the overall health of your IT environment in real-time. When an incident does occur, your SOC provides a unified incident response framework against malicious cyberattack. Unified incident response is the first step toward business continuity to keep things up-and-running in the event of an attack or data breach.
A reputable SOC will provide a 24x7x365 security barrier against cyberattacks by detecting and mitigating unauthorized activity in your company network.
What is the Difference Between In-House vs. Outsourced SOC?
Businesses often find themselves in a bind when it comes to weighing the benefits and pitfalls of building an internal SOC versus outsourcing their needs to a managed security services provider. On the one hand, having an in-house SOC team seems like a win-win situation—after all, they are there whenever you need them and operate exclusively according to your business’s needs. On the other hand, when you outsource your SOC, you’ll gain access to multiple seasoned IT professionals whose only focus is to stay on top of the current threats and trends in cybersecurity so that they can keep you and your business safe from attack. Not to mention the significant costs associated with building and internal SOC.
Simply put, when you outsource your SOC, your access to cybersecurity expertise and to the expert Information Security specialists themselves far outweighs that of an in-house team comprised of a select few IT employees. Each has its own benefits and disadvantages:
- In-House SOC: Intimate control of your immediate IT environment, combined with a greater expense, may mean keeping things in-house isn’t for everyone. From an infrastructure perspective alone, building an SOC is an expensive endeavor. These days, finding and maintaining qualified IT security talent is no small task—not to mention paying in-house salaries and benefits.
- Outsourced SOC: Instant access to a robust security solution that’s up-and-running 24x7x365 in your network and fully functional from day one. When you outsource your SOC, you benefit from a dedicated team of cybersecurity experts with extensive threat management incident response expertise that is streamlined and tailored to your unique business’s cyber security needs.
Intrinium Threat Monitoring, Management, & Maintenance
Outsourcing the Information Security management of your business allows you to quickly adapt and survive a constantly changing, volatile threat landscape. Intrinium will secure, monitor, protect and report on the security of your data and systems in real-time, whether it’s stored inside your network perimeter, or on your employee’s mobile device. For the ultimate protection against cyberattack and to ensure business continuity in the event of an attack, contact the cybersecurity experts at Intrinium for a consultation.