Cyber Security vendors: safety in numbers? Or too much choice?

The underlying premise for any successful cyber security strategy is to make it as difficult as possible for a hacker to breach your organisation.

Beyond ensuring you’re applying patches as soon as they’re released and that all devices are running the most up-to-date software, you need to ensure you’ve got the solutions in place to deal with different areas of the business, from internet and infrastructure, to cloud and network. This means working with different vendors and using different solutions. And it can be here that you’re likely to run into your first obstacle.

At a conservative estimate, there are 2,500 cyber security companies in the market. If each of these has, let’s say three or four solutions, you’re looking at picking the right ones for your organisation out of a pool of 10,000. How do you evaluate which solutions work best for your requirements? Where do you start? How do you choose a vendor?

In the cyber security market a lot of vendors tend to focus on a core area, such as DDoS protection, or end-point security. So to get comprehensive security for your organisation you need more than one solution. In fact, you need several. Many organisations work with a minimum of 20 vendors, and that skyrockets to 250 for those in heavily regulated industries like financial services.

The second obstacle, after deciding which vendor/s to work with and which solution/s to adopt, is managing both the vendors and the solutions. There’s complexity in making sure the solutions are properly integrated with each other and your organisational systems. In addition, it’s also challenging dealing with alerts, developing an incident response plan (and sticking to it) if a breach or similar occurs, and remediating issues. The more vendors, the more complexity.

If something does go wrong, do you have the skills and in-house resources to find out what it is, where it is and how it can be fixed? What this involves is multiple calls to multiple vendors. And while you’re doing this, valuable time is lost actually dealing with the issue, be it a breach, DDoS attack or ransomware attack.

Think about this: your strategy would be better if you worked with a single security partner. Less stress, less complexity and more time to focus on other areas of your role.

Managed security providers, such as Pulsant, have established relationships with cyber security vendors. As part of this partnership ecosystem, we have the in-house skills to evaluate the solutions on an ongoing basis, match the right products to existing and emerging threats, and analyse which ones are likely to be more successful. Knowledge that we pass on to their customers. We can then ensure you get the right mix of solutions to layer your security, manage all the solutions (regardless of vendor) for you, and help you plug any gaps in your defences and react in the most effective way in the event of an attack.

In essence, we do the hard work for you, ensuring the solutions are working, ensuring your organisation is protected, and giving you a single point of contact.

You’re still the linchpin in your organisation’s cyber security, but the responsibility is not yours alone. Working with a security partner takes the strain off your resources and gives you additional tools to face the cyber threat. Is cyber security still a challenge? Yes, because attackers and the threat are constantly evolving. But is it manageable? Certainly. Especially with the right partner.

For more information on the service Pulsant offers, take a look at our Pulsant Protect solutions.

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