Outsourcing your information security team needs may not be something you’ve considered, but it can be a smart business move. Outsourcing can save you the time and cost involved in finding and hiring permanent employees, while still allowing you to keep the cream of the IT crop on-call and ready to address your business needs. Consultants are pre-screened and only charge for the services they provide which is almost always much less than what you can expect to pay for permanent IT staff. Not only is outsourcing cost-effective, but these professionals are current on the newest research, IT methods, and software and that’s a business advantage that’s hard to overlook.
One of the largest costs to any business is finding, training, and keeping employees. Even when you find qualified staff, it’s hard to know what training and qualifications they should be pursuing in order to stay up-to-date. These employees could easily leave if another company offers them a better deal, forcing you to start the cycle all over again. One way to avoid these problems and expenses is to outsource your information security team needs. With consultants, you only pay for the time and resources you actually use, and they use their skills and resources to find security loopholes and minimize or eliminate them. They can also work with you to develop a plan of action in the event of an IT disaster, saving you valuable time and resources as you get back up and running.
It’s likely that you already have a system administrator, and if so, this person is probably handling your security needs. A system administrator, however, is not a security professional. Sure, they can find and install patches, but they are an expert in keeping your system running smoothly, not in keeping it safe. When you outsource your information security team, you have access to people who can find your vulnerabilities, address them, and keep current on new vulnerabilities far better than any system administrator could. Security is a consultant’s sole business, and they do it best; a good consultant can mean the difference between eliminating a vulnerability and simply hoping it isn’t exploited.
Outsourcing your information security team needs is not only cost-effective, but it’s actually a better way to implement the most up-to-date security practices for your business. You can have the best in security and vulnerability assessment without having to fund a permanent employee or even train them. The IT consultant has the training and experience you need to show up, get started, and take your security to the next level.