Managed Security Service: Can They Solve SMB Challenges?

Russell Thomas, Enterprise Security Mag | Wednesday, May 12, 2021

For Small to Mid-Sized Businesses (SMBs), the complexity challenge is not any different from what one sees in the big business—it is a matter of scale.

FREMONT, CA : It was a lot easier to protect the company several years ago. All was secured safely behind the corporate perimeter. Corporate properties were all on-site, with few (if any) dedicated cloud applications. There was no remote labor force of iPads and mobile devices to secure, control, and defend. Back then, corporate firewalls and end-to-end monitoring tools may, for the most part, be trusted to ensure all of them. Now, it is a lot more complicated.

Today’s Organizational Security Challenge

‘Easy’ barely explains today’s threat to organizational security. Organizations face ever-changing challenges. They have a much broader attack area and infrastructure difficulty to contend with and fewer experts to handle. For Small to Mid-Sized Businesses (SMBs), the complexity challenge is not any different from what one see’s in the big business—it is a matter of scale. And while there are thousands of vendors on the market, there are no end-to-end security solutions. As a result, more SMBs turn to Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) to alleviate the pressure.

Managed Security Services for SMB: A Feasible Alternative

For organizations that do not have the necessary skills or sufficient personnel throughout their corporate security requirements, Managed Security Services (MSS) provide relief. These programs help SMBs gain skills in fields that could be lacking, the workforce to resolve time-consuming activities, and the opportunity to tap into data security experts with experience across various environments.

If one is assessing MSSPs, the baseline should provide proactive and detective safeguards, vulnerability management, reporting, and review. To reduce false positives and analyst workloads, search for advanced Security Orchestration and Automation (SOAR) technologies. It would be a more cost-effective model to reach a more substantial overall security role than attempting to over-expand current IT capital or recruit a diminishing set of applicants.

To get the best out of MSS, firms should first recognize the threats to the company. They can see where the expertise shortages or the coverage of trained personnel are and then pick a controlled defense partner to resolve these areas better.