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March 2013/ Volume 15 / No. 2

Outsourcing security services in the enterprise: Where to begin

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 otherwise be out of reach. As organizations evaluate the best options for cloudsourcing, attention is naturally turning to information security services because of the high cost of maintaining the hardware, software and staff required to provide these services on-site. However, the options for outsourcing security services are numerous, and not without risk. Fortunately, not every organization’s solution to security outsourcing has to be found in the public cloud. 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 (SIEM), intrusion detection, virtual private networking (VPN) and more. We also offer advice on how to manage an MSSP relationship to reduce risk. The Benefits and Risks of Outsourcing Security Services The adoption of ...

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