Advantages of an Aggregated Security Services Strategy

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Security Grows in Importance and Complexity

As the security threat landscape continues to evolve, it’s not uncommon for organizations to rely on multiple vendors to provide security services. For example, if a new threat arises, you may invest in point solutions to resolve the particular problem.

But we often see that companies don’t have an overall aggregated security strategy that puts these pieces together for a unified, holistic perspective. This fragmentation can introduce its own set of risks. For example, it may lead to:

  • Lack of accountability and prolonged downtime;
  • Confusion over how to escalate security events to internal and external stakeholders;
  • Brand reputation concerns;
  • Labor risk associated with only a few employees tasked with managing a product or vendor relationship;
  • Trouble determining the data risks involved; and
  • Difficulty assessing the company’s security posture and maturity within the IT environment.

How can you alleviate these problems? Consider this: an aggregated security services strategy for your multivendor environment. You can unlock more value from your security investments, solve security problems more efficiently and reduce downtime by centralizing your overall multivendor security strategy.

Finding the Right Aggregated Security Service

Partnering with a strong vendor can help develop your aggregated security services strategy in your multivendor environment, extracting more value from each technology investment. For instance, security intelligence operations and consulting (SIOC) services can assess your security posture, identify which events pose significant risk to your organization and determine how your organization can better respond to attacks. If you are looking to assess, build or improve your security intelligence and operations capabilities — or you want to more safely migrate your business to the cloud — SIOC services can help.

If you want to build or improve your security operations center (SOC), the right solutions bring years of experience in implementations across a variety of scenarios. They can also assist you in determining whether it’s better for your organization to build up in-house solutions or invest in outsourcing vendors.

Depending on the size of your enterprise, you can select the level of oversight that’s right for you regardless of whether that means monitoring with your internal staff or taking advantage of managed services that supervise your networks around the clock. The benefit of this is that it offloads security from a select few people in your organization and places it in the hands of an established services provider for an added safety net. The goal is to arm yourself and your IT environment to prevent attacks before they do damage to your brand reputation, bottom line and more.

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About The Author

Justin Grant

Security Operations Director for Managed Security Services, IBM

Justin Grant serves as security operations director for IBM Security Managed Security Services (MSS) and delivers threat monitoring, intelligence, threat research and managed SIEM services to MSS’ customers worldwide. After nearly a decade at the Central Intelligence Agency, he rejoined IBM in late 2012 as a senior executive in the MSS division. While serving in... Read More