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February 2005

In MSSPs We Trust

TECHKNOWLEDGE Regulatory and cost-cutting pressures are forcing enterprises to reexamine the value of managed security services. "We needed help," Tom Giangreco says about his decision to contract a managed security service provider (MSSP). The Growing MSSP Market "We have a lot of security drivers," continues Giangreco, the information security officer at Orange County Teachers Federal Credit Union in California. "There are federal regulations, and we have state of California regulations. Beyond that, we have developed our own policies with our own internal auditing group that is pretty intent on keeping us secure." For most enterprises, outsourcing security was once a last resort, mostly because it required handing an outside party the keys to the digital kingdom. The instability of the managed services space a few years ago didn't help instill trust and confidence among enterprise consumers. But things have changed (see "The Growing MSSP Market"). Security managers, like Giangreco, are now faced with increasing risk and ...

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