Sean Nourse
Sean Nourse Chief Solutions Officer

When it comes to the “insourcing versus outsourcing” debate - there is no right answer. Especially when you’re talking about security. No managed service provider will be the silver bullet to guarantee a sizable boost in profit and no single employee will have the expertise to ensure that your networks never fall victim to cyber threats.

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In fact, when having the “insourcing versus outsourcing” debate, the only right answer is the one that is right for your specific business. Perhaps you have the necessary skills, budget and resources to manage everything yourself, perhaps you need a little guidance in some areas.

In order to help you make your decision, we’ve compiled a pro and con list for each.

Insourcing pros

  • When everything is inside your walls those working to mitigate cyberthreats will do so from the perspective of a business they are invested in and understand.
  • You’re able to control the quality of the work being done and keep an eye on how tasks are progressing.
  • Insourcing makes it simpler to prioritise tasks because staff are working on the ground so they can easily shift focus should situations change.
  • It is easier to gather, share and collaborate and with everyone working in the same space there is greater synergy between teams.

Insourcing cons

  • Establishing a robust security programme is no easy task and accessing the necessary infrastructure can prove exceptionally expensive.
  • Less agility as upscaling when new projects begin or downscaling when these projects are completed has an impact on infrastructure and staff resources.
  • Managing your own cybersecurity is very time-consuming as people constantly have to reassess risks and monitor activities. This can be a drain on resources.
  • Effective intelligence gathering and analysis can not just be done by anyone. Finding people with the necessary expertise can prove tough and costly.

Outsourcing pros

  • By handing tasks over to professionals you no longer have to monitor and keep an eye on things, which frees up your time to focus on your core business functions.
  • Because you don’t have to invest in infrastructure and hire skilled IT professionals, your overall budget is drastically reduced.
  • Security service providers have all of the expertise and best technology at their disposal, making it easier for you to utilise the latest and best cyber defences.
  • By outsourcing certain components of your business processes you are sharing your risks with someone else, someone who has more skills and expertise in the cyber security space.
  • Senior cybersecurity skills retention and continuity are now taken care of by the provider.

Outsourcing cons

  • Perhaps one of the greatest outsourcing deterrents is the fear that trusting someone else to protect your business-critical information means that you lose control.
  • While the overall cost may be less, managed service providers do still charge a premium for access to their expertise and superior technologies.
  • There may be a disconnect between your business culture and your brand message and the service your outsourcing partner provides.
  • Because everything is being handled offsite, you no longer have a relationship with key staff members, which can make it difficult for different departments to work together.
  • Outsourced security providers must be treated as a trusted 3rd party and strict policies must be enforced jointly around UAC, IAM, Audit and risk controls.

When it comes to cybersecurity, we believe that it’s best to work with the best. And outsourcing is the easiest and most cost-effective way to do so.

With the right partner, you won’t have to worry about losing control and they will work closely with you to ensure that they align their solutions to your specific business needs. Internet Solutions’ provide clients with affordable security solutions to suit their needs. It’s our job to take care of the risks. We’ll make sure everything is safe and secure so that you can focus on running a successful business.  To find out more, download our Internet Risk Assessment Tool.

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