Outsource security: A wise choice?

The landscape of business models has been evolving over the last few decades from an on-premise setup that is achieved through licensing and support in a closed eco-system to the cloud corporations where resources are virtually separated and pooled. The boundaries of organizations are constantly pushed in the light of the opportunity to mine profitability by skillfully defining a thin line of risk appetite.

Security is often seen as an appendage to the organizational business. Due to organizational constraints like resource limitations, knowledge gap in the area and inherent complexity to make expert decisions it is difficult to manage security internally. Outsourcing is then seen as a venting valve. There is also a tendency to believe that outsourcing security is a high-risk affair as it leaks company information to the outside world. In order to take a decisive stand realizing the hindrances in the journey to erect security by own more and more organizations have opted for outsourcing and eventually have reaped its benefits.

The below picture highlights the latest outsourcing trend of which security still remains at the top.

Source: www.outsourcinginsight.com

We recognize some of the ‘MANTRAS’ that the organizations preach to improve security by outsourcing:

Service is better than self

Security as a ‘service’ is better since it introduces the additionally measured parameters for constant improvement by the third party. There is a constant focus on improvement since it is one of the essential pillars of service industry which may not be so effectively achieved when done within the organization. It is easier to add or remove a service when outsourced without worrying much about handling the changes within the organization.

Reduce bureaucracy for agility

Introducing additional process and resources causes latency due to increased bureaucracy. This decreased the pace of business and loses a competitive edge. By outsourcing security, business tangibility can be increased, Organizations can become ‘agile’ in the way they operate. In real time the threat landscape is dynamic and so organizations should be more apt to adapt.

Harness human resource

An organization where security is not a core part of the business may have a hard time to find and allocate resources in the area of security. Outsourcing security can harness their human resource better to deal with core business functionality and spend fewer efforts on security by focusing on monitoring the improvement areas that are critical to business. That implies that organization has to be good in management and collaboration with third parties.

Security is better in a pool

Security is better when handled centrally predominantly because it has more resources and tools to address the issue. Also, security when handled centrally can reduce the overall cost for the organization as it avoids redundancy. Expert advice is a key to optimize organization’s cost constraint in security and larger pool can have more access to expertise.

Inspect rather than introspect

Security is better with an additional pair of eyes. It is an inherent leverage by outsourcing to have an additional layer of inspection. An organization that handles security internally may have to introspect which is not always easy to do especially when security is not a top priority.

Outsourcing security deals with a lot of other factors like what is the possible information that would be exposed and how sensitive it is. In the end, it is a well-judged and evaluated decision considering the business requirements and goals of what can be outsourced.

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