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June 2006

On The Radar: Preparing for managed security services

Make sure you have your house in order before calling a managed security service provider for help. I've seen a troubling trend when it comes to security outsourcing: Over-whelmed by a flood of firewall and IDS alerts, companies want a quick fix--they figure they can outsource their security and their problem. Not so fast. Outsourcing certainly can look like the easy answer. Hiring a managed security service provider (MSSP) to monitor your evening and weekend alerts should be simpler and cheaper than having your staff do the job. An MSSP could provide you with a crew of security experts that you can tap for your overall security needs more cheaply than your own hired guns. But to make outsourcing work, you'll need to have your security house in order. Instead of throwing your problems over the fence, you'll have to figure out just how your security program should be running. You'll need a clear picture of the exact state of your system and a solid set of working processes in place. Taking inventory and implementing processes ...

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