Whether you’re a new, small business, or a massive corporate entity, the subject of IT security is likely top of mind. Numerous hacks across the globe have left businesses and organizations on their knees after cyberattacks, and the constant threat of cyberattack is imminent amongst most business leaders. The necessity of proper cybersecurity is now commonly seen as a basic need of all business, but the next question remains: Who’s going to manage your IT security?
CSO to the rescue — maybe
As the digital transformation has changed the opportunities for business’ to grow, it’s also changed the opportunities for business’ to fail. With this increased need for cybersecurity has spawned a whole new role in the c-suite: the CISO.
According to a study by IDG, 47% of organizations now have a dedicated c-level executive focusing on information security. This role can go by a few names, including Chief Security Officer (CSO) or Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), but the goal is the same – they’re in charge of preventing their organization from cyber attack.
Hiring a CSO/CISO might not be the cheapest option, however. In order for them to effectively protect your organization, they’re going to need a staff and budget to keep your data secure in-house.
IT security in the hands of the IT staff
So, if you don’t have a CSO/CISO, does that mean you can’t be covered? Of course not. Currently, about 55% of organizations have their IT security handled by their in house computer experts themselves, the IT staff.
If an organization is large enough with a robust IT team, this can be a great option for IT security. For the most part, an in-house IT staff is composed of tech-savvy folks who are familiar with the very equipment you need to secure.
If it’s a smaller organization, however, then IT may become overworked by taking on cybersecurity and IT security responsibilities. Many of the folks in a traditional IT department may also not be trained for security – their expertise may be in setting up servers or networks, but not necessarily protecting them or removing malicious hackers and malware from your systems.
The third option — an outsourced IT security provider
The problem with effect IT security is that it’s a lot of work – and the more work that needs to be done, the more IT or CSO/CISO’s need for a budget. For many organizations, this simply isn’t economical – their small, understaffed as it is, and can’t afford to allocate massive parts of their budgets for in-house security.
In this situation, the best choice for business professionals is to turn to outsourced IT security.
Outsourcing your IT security comes with a host of benefits, including the cost-savings of not needing an in-house team, the comfort of knowing that you have a professional team on your side 24/7, and the ease of knowing the stress of IT security is one last thing to have to handle on your plate as a business leader.