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The IT security industry’s skill shortage is a well-worn topic. Survey after survey indicates that a lack of skilled personnel is a critical factor in weak security posture. If the skills are not available in your organization then you could: a) ignore the problem and hope for the best, or b) get help from the outside. Approach “a” is simply a dereliction of duty, and approach “b” has some negative connotations associated with the word “outsource”. It throws up images of loss of control and misaligned priorities.
As a service provider, we agree, and prefer to describe our SIEMphonic services as co-sourcing. Is it a panacea? Not really. Nothing is ever a silver bullet. There are security functions that do well when co-sourced, and then there are those that really must be performed internally. How do you know which is which?
This opinion from a Gartner Analyst breaks down defines defense as requiring deep knowledge of what to defend and how to defend. The former requires detailed knowledge of your IT environment, business processes, assets, systems, application, personnel, company culture, mission, and other knowledge of your IT, business and culture. The latter requires detailed understanding of threat actors, attacks methods, exploits, attacks, vulnerabilities, security architecture, and other security domain knowledge.
Using the above general guideline as a touchstone, here are two areas that can be done outside:
Here are two tasks that should remain in-house:
If your organization is affected by skill shortage, then consider co-sourcing. Just be mindful of what does well vs. poorly with this model, and plan accordingly.
EventTracker’s co-sourced solutions can provide your organization with advanced tools, backed by world-class experts that monitor your network 24/7.
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