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Benefits of Managed Security

Many organizations attempt to build an internal security team by taking people away from their current departments, such as networking or help desk. When an organization does this, they lose the overall efficiency of their information technology department as a whole. Organizations know that security professionals are difficult to find and keep because the growing security market always has openings for advancements. By taking advantage of a Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP), you greatly increase the efficiency of your current environment by decreasing the workload of your employees and gaining significant security insight into your environment.

Here are a few of the benefits that an MSSP offers:

Security Team for the Price of a Single Full Time Employee

In 2015, the average salary for an information security analyst, one of the more basic security positions, was $85,000. That price does not include the cost of the security appliances and licenses. With an MSSP, you are sharing that cost with other organizations, which decreases the cost of the man-hours, as well as the costs of the required hardware and licensing.

Refocus IT Professionals Within Your Environment

By hiring an MSSP to maintain and improve your organizations security posture, you will be able to ensure that your IT department can focus on development and improving stability and performance for your users and your customers. No more will you need to dedicate resources away from their primary goals.

Trained Security Professionals

MSSPs spend a large amount of money certifying their security professionals on the products they use to secure your environment; many of these certifications, such as FortiNet or Cisco, cost $3,000 – $5,000 per employee. This means that each analyst or engineer working on your environment will have a plethora of knowledge available to them to secure all aspects of your environment.

24/7 Monitoring

With an MSSP, you get 24/7 monitoring, so there will always be someone available to respond to alarms and to mitigate, or work with you to mitigate, the issue. You will no longer have to worry about an employee being on vacation or missing a critical alarm.

MSSPs cover a wide range of services and are powered by an efficient and knowledgeable security staff. By taking advantage of an MSSP today you will increase your organization’s productivity, quickly see a return on investment, and always be confident that you’re getting 24/7 monitoring and protection against today’s evolving threats.


Topics: Managed Security

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Sean Singley

SOC Analyst, AnchorPoint Security