The top five factors to consider when outsourcing security

Published: Wednesday, 10 February 2016 10:02

Almost two-thirds of organizations are considering outsourcing all, or parts of their security operations in light of growing and diversifying cyber-security threats. This is according to a survey of 300 IT decision makers sponsored by mission critical IT services provider Advanced 365.

41 percent of respondents said that they would consider outsourcing any part of their organization’s security apparatus, with 20 percent admitting they were undecided. In contrast, 39 percent stated that they would not.

With more and more organizations looking to tighten their security controls, Advanced has identified five key factors that they should assess when choosing whether to outsource security:

Neil Cross, Managing Director of Advanced 365, comments, “With high-profile data breaches occurring on a regular basis, and skilled security professionals becoming more difficult and expensive to recruit, outsourcing all or some of the security operation is an increasingly attractive option to many organizations.

“However, businesses face different types of risks and evolving compliance requirements. They should therefore carefully consider the reputation and credentials of specialist third party providers before deciding whether to outsource their security functions."