For 58% of companies, their largest security operations challenge is a lack of in-house cybersecurity talent. This lack is part of a wider trend as over 4 million cybersecurity roles remain unfilled worldwide, requiring a 145% increase in the cybersecurity workforce to meet demand.

A lack in cybersecurity talent can leave organizations vulnerable due to an inability to rapidly detect and respond to ongoing cyberattacks. In order to gain access to the cybersecurity manpower that organizations require, over 40% of them have chosen to partner with a third-party managed security services provider (MSSP).

The Importance of a Flexible MSSP

When making the switch to an MSSP, a company needs to be confident that their potential provider can meet their unique needs. In some cases, partnering with an external provider means adopting the provider’s chosen security architecture. However, a “one size fits all” approach to security can cause as many problems as it solves.

Unique Network Environments

One issue with a standardized security architecture is that every organization’s network environment is different. Customer needs and business requirements drive businesses to innovate and adapt their network environment. A service provider’s chosen security stack may not be designed to manage and secure an organization’s cloud architecture or Internet of Things (IoT) device deployment; this leaves openings for a cyber threat actor to exploit.

Existing Security Investment

In many cases, an organization may have already made significant investments in its cybersecurity defenses. A unique understanding of their business needs and network environment can drive a selection of cybersecurity products and services that is incompatible with a service provider’s offerings. When partnering with an MSSP, if an organization needs to give up its existing, personalized security architecture for a general one, the move can open it up to attack and waste existing security investments.

Regulatory Compliance

As the regulatory landscape grows more complex, organizations are required to achieve, maintain, and demonstrate compliance with a wide range of regulations. The patchwork nature of these regulations, which vary from state to state and country to country, can cause two organizations in the same industry to have very different compliance requirements. An organization’s security architecture must be tailored to protect sensitive data at the appropriate level. A rigid security architecture provided by an MSSP may not be capable of accomplishing this.

Partnering with MorganFranklin

At MorganFranklin, we recognize that businesses need security that is individually tailored to them. For this reason, we offer a range of possible service packages to fit organizations of any size. For companies that only desire to outsource certain security functions, our plans can be customized to include only the services they require.

If a company is happy with their existing security architecture but is having trouble finding talent to manage that architecture, we can help with that too. Our SOC-as-a-Service offering includes the option for remote management of a company’s existing security deployment, enabling it to fill its cybersecurity talent gap without sacrificing its existing security investment.

If you are interested in hearing more details regarding our SOC-as-a-Service offering, we encourage you to please contact us for a consultation.