Network security is necessary. Without effective controls, clear policies and reliable reporting, companies can’t hope to maintain current performance, address emerging issues and defend against incoming threats. The problem? Recent data from 451 Research found that mid-market IT departments are stuck in a “black hole” of network security. But it’s not all bad news. The evolving impact of security-as-a-service (SECaaS) offers companies a chance to escape the event horizon and break free of crushing complexity.
Force of Nature?
As noted by the 451 survey, network security spending already accounts for 39 percent of all organizational IT security spending, and is on track to consume almost half of these budgets by 2021. Still, 82 percent of businesses report that “procuring, implementing and managing security products consumes between 20-60 hours of in-house staff time per week.” This translates to between three and five full-time employees to manage security workloads — workloads that are getting more complex as threats such as ransomware and mobile malware become more prevalent, and users demand greater access to corporate networks.
The result? Organizations lack visibility and control over their network security assets, and with 60 percent pointing to legacy IT solutions as the biggest barrier to measurable improvement, it’s no surprise that many companies see the increasing complexity of network security as inevitable, inexorable — a force of nature.
Security at Speed
What is it about SECaaS that offers the potential to conquer the network security event horizon and reduce total complexity?
As noted by Forbes, the key lies with usability. To effectively manage both emerging external threats and the increasing risk of accidental insider compromise, infosec experts must be in the “yes” business. This means they need the controls and visibility to find ways for their organization to do what it needs to do — safely.
The result? Companies are now embracing SecaaS for multiple use cases. For example, 64 percent are using these tools for threat management, while 42 percent opt for branch office enablement and optimization. Others use on-demand security, MSSP displacement or an MPLS alternative.
For companies stuck at the network security event horizon, escaping complexity relies on three key concepts:
Think Small — Adopt new services on value-proven outcomes, and expand as new use cases are identified.
Spend Smart — Stop spending on security management. Instead, develop SECaaS-based business use cases and budget for innovation, adoption and growth.
It’s easy to get caught in the mid-market black hole of security, stuck with legacy solutions, increasing complexity and reduced control. Breaking free means changing perspective; embracing cloud-based security tools that empower IT oversight, control and agility.
The following infographic created by OPAQ Networks, explains the scope of the security-as-a-service trend as well as some tips for helping organizations make the transition. Cybersecurity has become a much more serious game in recent years, and organizations must know how to step up their game to protect themselves.