Security as a service (SECaaS) allows companies to use an external provider to handle and manage cybersecurity. Outsourced security solutions cover services like data loss prevention, antivirus management and intrusion detection. By using a SECaaS vendor, companies benefit from the expertise and innovation of a dedicated cybersecurity team specializing in the intricacies of preventing breaches in a cloud computing environment.
Benefits and Challenges of Security as a Service
A SECaaS is a comprehensive solution that helps an organization address any security issue without needing its own dedicated security staff. By outsourcing its security needs, the organization can focus on generating more business as opposed to locking down its digital assets.
Benefits of SECaaS
All businesses, large and small, can benefit from using a SECaaS provider rather than on-premises security solutions.
A few benefits are the following:
- You have access to the latest security technology, which is critical because technology changes quickly and becomes obsolete over time.
- You have access to experts who are focused solely on security so your team can focus solely on your business.
- You have flexibility to scale security up or down quickly because SECaaS offerings provide instant access on demand.
- According to a study published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, SECaaS outperforms on-premises solutions on several factors like cost savings and ease of management. It is the most suitable approach for cloud-based apps, operations and data because it gives companies access to the latest tools, expertise and scalable resources.
Challenges of SECaaS
All security solutions face challenges. There are several challenges to consider with an outsourced security solution, such as the following:
- You don’t have full control over security operations.
- You may face shared technology vulnerabilities.
- You can have possible data leakage.
Implementing and enforcing policies that address risks to cloud security allow companies to mitigate the risks of outsourced security solutions. Gartner predicts 99% of cloud security failures through 2025 will be the fault of the customer rather than the service provider. MDS can prevent data security failures like these through its threat intelligence and threat hunting technology.