We are not going to deliberate about choosing technologies, developers or providers. The point of this article is to touch on the following issue: providing cybersecurity to any company. What are the ways of doing it? Which ensure the best protection? Which are best fitted for various kinds of companies?
Currently, there are three means, three ways of providing companies with cybersecurity. The first one, the oldest and still common, is buying a single security product. The second way, which requires in-depth knowledge, is to make an informed decision about chosen technology or technologies, integrate and implement them for a company. The third way is to continuously monitor and adjust a company’s cybersecurity posture based on leading (at that moment) technologies, which are implemented and overseen by a team of highly qualified specialists.
Let’s talk some more about scenario no. three…
The third scenario is characteristic of large organisations from public and private sectors - banks, administration or corporations, which implement it using their own resources (in-house). This leads to the conclusion, that the third way is currently the most effective when it comes to company cybersecurity; however it has its consequences - the in-house version requires large resources (time, financial and personnel).
What makes the third scenario different from the other two? It’s a never-ending process of assessing an organisation’s cybersecurity posture (and adjusting it when needed) , and not, just like in the case of one-time purchase or implementation, a situation refreshed at the moment of… next purchase (for example, after a year).
Why third scenario should be considered by every company?
Cybersecurity threats, in fact, the entire threat market (after all there is malware-as-a-service - malware sold in a ready-to-deploy mode) is dynamic, so one has to understand that this is a continuous race between those who want to protect and those who attack. It has been so for years already, but recently this race has considerably sped up. Corporations, large companies or organisations of a strategic importance for countries can keep up with this using their own infrastructure, own specialised teams, security policies and processes. However, most small and middle-sized enterprises are unable to do so on their own, for lack of resources. What’s more, one-time purchase of a ready-made product in a box and its activation can do more harm than good, because often people responsible for security, who go this way, mistakenly believe they provided a sufficient level of security for their resources.
Which scenario to choose?
This can be compared to having a company car - one can buy it, lease it or rent long-term with additional services, servicing and even personal concierge. Each entrepreneur has to consider and decide, which consumption model is the best for them.
When choosing IT security for your company, it’s good to take into consideration how is it provided. Real, complete cybersecurity is a continuous process and it has to be supervised (by specialised team). On the market, there are already solutions which provide cybersecurity in a service model based on high quality technologies and maintained by experts. Such service model gives small and middle-sized enterprises great possibilities - especially to gain efficient and cost-effective security; it’s definitely something to consider.