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Managed Security Services in the Enterprise

Posted on February 11, 2013 in Articles | by

Enterprises across a wide variety of industries are turning to cloud computing to reduce the burden on their IT support staff, decrease costs and provide services that would be otherwise out of reach.  As organizations evaluate the best options for cloudsourcing, attention is naturally turning to information security services.  In this article, we look at the managed security service provider (MSSP) landscape and discuss the use of MSSPs for vulnerability management, security incident and event management, intrusion detection, virtual private networking and more.  We also offer advice on the ways you can protect your organization in a security outsourcing/cloudsourcing environment.

 Why Turn to MSSPs?

The adoption of managed security services is often driven by the cost effectiveness of gaining access to specialized security tools and expertise on a shared basis.  While your organization may not be able to stomach the budget requirements of hiring a full-time advanced intrusion analyst that might only investigate a few incidents per week, a MSSP provider can amortize the cost of this advanced experience over multiple clients.  Essentially, organizations find themselves gaining time-shared access to the tools, techniques and knowledge of a wide array of specialized security professionals for the cost they would otherwise incur hiring a smaller team of full-time security generalists.

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Mike Chapple, CISSP, Ph.D.

Mike is an IT leader, information security professional, author, speaker and trainer with over fifteen years of experience in the field.

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