Monday, September 14, 2015
Many companies today are hiring managed security service providers (MSSP) to manage specific security initiatives, or in some cases, outsourcing their entire security program to an MSSP. This approach is especially beneficial to companies that have limited IT resources, lack internal security expertise, struggle to hire security talent, or simply need to implement a security program faster than they could in-house. However, there is much to consider when evaluating and hiring a managed security service provider – after all, you’re placing your company’s security posture and most sensitive data in the hands of a third-party provider. Following best practices in choosing an MSSP is absolutely critical to your company’s long-term success. Due diligence at the hiring and evaluation stage will serve you well and save your organization both costs and peace of mind going forward.
But what should you be looking for in a managed security service provider? Are there industry gold standards that set the best of the best apart from the so-so MSSPs? What questions should you ask potential MSSPs before partnering with an outside company and placing your enterprise’s well-being in the hands of another? We wanted to see what criteria today’s security professionals recommend for businesses looking to partner with a managed security service provider, so we asked a panel of experts to answer this question:
“What are your the most important considerations when evaluating and hiring a managed security service provider?”
See what our experts had to say below:
By Venkatesh Sundar, CTO, Indusface.
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"Indusface has proved to be a valuable security partner with its Total Application Security solution. Their 'detect-protect-monitor' package handles security worries so we can focus on improving services for our customers. Vulnerability detection, attack blocking and near real-time reports are some of the key differentiators that we enjoy with them. The web application scanning and web protection combination ..."
"As one of the leading banks in India, securing application infrastructure is critical for us. Indusface’s Total Application Security package allows us to scan vulnerabilities continuously and prevent attacks. Indusface also provides the unique benefits of expert handling and tuning on custom rules with round-the-clock traffic monitoring and protection through on-premise appliances ..."
"Our complete ecommerce infrastructure is hosted on the cloud and we are glad to have Indusface as partner for web security. Due to their association with cloud service providers and prompt deployment options, Indusface was the preferred security choice. The on-demand and scheduled scanning helps us keep track of vulnerabilities that may otherwise damage our website or put customers at risk ..."