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How to Protect Your Data When You Can't Hire the Right Cybersecurity Professional

01/03/2018  |  By: Jason Riddle, CISSP, President, Information Security

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Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing areas of business… and it’s putting companies in almost every industry in a bind when it comes to hiring enough people to manage the growing demand. According to the 2017 Global Information Workforce Study, the cybersecurity workforce gap is on pace to hit 1.8 million by 2022.

While there are a lot of factors that contribute to the work shortage, the most common reason is that qualified personnel are difficult to find. And if you do find them, they can be difficult to retain.

The incredibly high demand for qualified cybersecurity professionals creates a difficult challenge for business leaders and HR professionals. How do you monitor your networks if you cannot find and hire the right people?

At LBMC, this is a problem we’ve been working to solve for more than 10 years through our managed security services.

4 Reasons Why Outsourcing Data Security Might Be Right for Your Business

If you’re struggling to keep up with the cybersecurity staffing demands, here are four reasons why partnering with a managed security service provider might be the best option for your business:

  1. It’s more affordable. Outsourcing your cybersecurity efforts can save you money. According to the study referenced above, the average information security employee in North America is paid $120,000 per year. In addition to a salary, you would also pay PTO and employee benefits to a full-time employee, and you would need to purchase hardware and software for this person or team to do their jobs. This is all typically more than the average managed security service agreements.
  2. It’s scalable. When do you need to hire another IT staff member? How should you continue to budget for a growing staff? What happens if someone quits? These are the questions you don’t have to answer when you outsource data security. Through managed security services, you can ensure your company is properly protected at all times through a flat monthly subscription fee with no add-on charges.
  3. It’s constant. Cybersecurity threats can happen any day of the week, at any time of day. And a threat at 1:30 a.m. could do significant damage if it’s not detected until the next morning. According to a recent report, 44 percent of businesses estimate they could lose $10,000 or more during just an hour of downtime. Our intrusion detection and prevention services provide 24/7 monitoring to immediately detect and report unauthorized access attempts and suspicious activities.
  4. It helps you be proactive rather than reactive. Because our team brings a vast array of knowledge and experience, we are dedicated to helping organizations stay ahead of emerging threat trends. We know how other organizations have effectively managed similar threats and can provide direction for the clearest and simplest approach to remedying your IT security issues.

Still wondering if outsourcing your cybersecurity is the right way to go? We’d love to connect and help you determine if it’s the right fit for your organization.

Click here to learn more about our managed security services and sign up for a free 30-day trial.

How to Protect Your Data When You Can't Hire the Right Cybersecurity Professional