What Is Security as a Service?
Security as a Service is a cloud-based way to receive security services from a third-party provider or providers. According to security solutions provider Forcepoint, it’s an umbrella term that includes any number of services, including:
- Business continuity and disaster recovery
- Email security
- Identity and access management
- Intrusion protection
- Security assessment
- Security information and event management
To find the right Security as a Service provider, businesses first must determine which services they would most benefit from. For example, says Rob Clyde, a board leadership fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors, “are you doing complete outsourcing, or are you primarily looking for a service that will help you detect and respond?”
A comprehensive outsourcing might be a viable option for businesses that feel overwhelmed by the level of sophistication that modern threats represent, preferring to turn over their security operation to a third-party expert. In those cases, Clyde notes, businesses should be prepared to provide the partner with “a lot more access to various tools inside your environment” — meaning it’s vital that businesses find a partner they trust.
Other organizations may prefer a more pointed approach, accessing services to help fill a specific need. “This is where you have various tools connected up, while Security as a Service provides the monitoring and helps deal with any attacks that occur,” Clyde says.
The best place to start may be with a security assessment, such as a penetration test.