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Advanced highlights top five factors to consider when outsourcing security

Survey shows that increasing number of companies are open to the idea of outsourcing

08 February 2016 – Almost two-thirds of organisations are considering outsourcing all, or parts of their security operations in light of growing and diversifying cyber-security threats. This is according to a survey of 300 IT decision makers sponsored by mission-critical IT services provider Advanced 365 (Advanced).

41% of respondents said that they would consider outsourcing any part of their organisation’s security apparatus, with 20% admitting they were undecided. In contrast, 39% stated that they would not.

With more and more organisations looking to tighten their security controls, Advanced has identified five key factors that they should assess when choosing whether to outsource security:

• Skills – Security talent is in increasingly short supply, making it difficult to both recruit and retain skilled IT security professionals. It is also a challenge for businesses to ensure that their security staff’s skills keep up with ever changing threats. Organisations struggling to recruit security staff should consider outsourcing to an experienced partner who can provide access to the specialist expertise they need.

• Costs – As a result of the security skills shortage, salaries for those with the right expertise are rising, with some consultants commanding daily rates of thousands of pounds. In the research mentioned above, cost was identified as the biggest obstacle in recruiting security staff. Using a third-party provider can reduce the expense of hiring and training in-house security staff.

• What to outsource – Outsourcing security is not a question of all or nothing. Due to concerns about safeguarding data, organisations should carefully consider which functions are more suitable for them to outsource than others. The most popular tasks to move out of in-house include penetration testing (83%), security audits (80%) and training and awareness programmes (49%).

• Responsibility for data – There is confusion among business executives surrounding where authority for data security should reside. Impending changes to EU data protection regulation will mean that any company or individual that processes data is responsible for its protection, including third parties such as cloud providers. Organisations looking to outsource therefore need to be confident that the supplier can meet their security needs and minimise the risk of data breach.

• Network health – Before deciding whether or not to outsource, it is important for organisations to understand the state of their network and their security needs. Free assessments from leading experts, such as Advanced’s Secure IT Health Check, can determine potential vulnerabilities across six key security areas, and recommend best-practice guidelines to address security loopholes.

Neil Cross, Managing Director of Advanced 365, comments, “With high-profile data breaches occurring on a regular basis, and skilled security professionals becoming more difficult and expensive to recruit, outsourcing all or some of the security operation is an increasingly attractive option to many organisations.

“However, businesses face different types of risks and evolving compliance requirements. They should therefore carefully consider the reputation and credentials of specialist third party providers before deciding whether to outsource their security functions."

To view the Computing report, ‘Data Security and Risk Management Review 2015’, click here.


Notes to Editor

About Advanced 365

Advanced 365 is a leading provider of IT managed services and business innovation solutions. Working with organisations within the private, public and charity sectors, Advanced 365 aligns technology to its clients’ business needs in order to improve their operational efficiencies, help control costs, enhance productivity and enable growth.

Core offerings include:

• Managed services focusing on the delivery of IT services including: outsourcing, cloud computing, application development and support, and unified

• Business innovations to make legacy systems relevant to today’s business environment. Advanced 365 provides a CIO advisory service which supports the deployment of technologies including modernisation, legacy system migration, application development, applications support and data cleansing.

Advanced 365 is a Microsoft Gold Competency Partner and works closely with other industry leading vendors and developers including Redhat, Gamma Telecom, IBM and Oracle.

Advanced 365 is a division of Advanced Computer Software Group Limited, a leading supplier of software and IT services to the health, care and business services sectors. In 2014, the Group won Tech Company of the Year in PwC’s UK Tech Awards. Advanced was also ranked in the Deloitte UK Fast 50, which recognises the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the UK and ranked in the top 300 technology companies in Deloitte’s EMEA rankings.

Press contact:
Angela Mycock and Joe Rutter, Advanced Computer Software Group T: +44 (0)1625 856513