Outsourcing Cyber Security


Outsourcing cyber security may seem to be an option only available to larger businesses with deep pockets but there may be unseen benefits that help to tip the argument in favour of external help when it comes to IT security.

Here are a few reasons to consider if you are looking at a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) option:

  • Technical capability

This is the most obvious one and could help to save you money in the long run. By outsourcing security services, you get access to technical capability. Cyber security is complex and outsourced teams can often offer 24/7 services for peace of mind, so you don’t have to worry about staff holidays or sickness cover.

With outsourced cyber security, businesses of all sizes can enjoy advanced Managed Detection & Response (MDR) services. Advanced MSSPs can also detect, block and remedy immediate incidents.

  • Experience

When it comes to cyber security, there is no substitute for experience. With so many customers, each in different industries with different challenges, MSSPs have seen and dealt with many issues before.

  • Reduced pressure on internal teams

Generally, it isn’t a good idea to give IT teams responsibility for managing security. Cyber security often gets overlooked when other pressures affecting day-to-day business operations are placed on IT teams.

  • Skills

There is a global deficit of 2.7 million security professionals. With the UK suffering s shortage of around 33,000. This pushes recruitment costs up but by using an MSSP, you get the skills of an expert without having to recruit, train and retain them.

  • Cost savings

From a HR perspective, organisations that outsource will save money on salaries, recruitment fees, sick pay, and annual leave. Companies can also save money technically as building an internal cyber security operation requires upfront capital in new platforms and processes.

  • 24/7 service

Hacking is a worldwide crime that doesn’t care about time zones or clocking off at the end of a working day. Threat actors often target victims at their weakest, which is often out of hours. Managed security services usually offer a standard business hours service, a 24/7 service or an out-of-hours service.

  • Continuity

If your best IT security person leaves, there will be a knowledge gap whilst a colleague or new recruit gets up to speed. Outsourced cyber security reduces this risk.

  • Independent cyber security assessment

Outsourcing your cyber security to external experts is a good way to gain additional insights and recommendations for further improvements.

  • High standards and accreditations

MSSPs can help organisations achieve leading cyber security and information protection accreditations. 

  • Response times

MSSPs can respond fast to breaches thanks to the people and technologies they already have in place.

For further advice on the best cyber security solution for your business contact the NEBRC team at enquiries@nebrcentre.co.uk

The NEBRC is a police-led, not for profit organisation established to support all businesses across any sector from online threat and crime.