IT Cybersecurity as a Service: Consulting & Outsourcing

  • The fact that most small to mid-sized businesses lack the expertise in-house to ensure they meet many of the security and compliance standards required to partner with enterprise firms is driving another, a more palatable solution offered through a Managed Cybersecurity and Compliance Provider (MCCP). One company, Abacode, of which Rasmussen is CEO and CISO, has implemented a framework-based cybersecurity program that helps smaller firms implement holistic and comprehensive cybersecurity programs.


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    The goal is to transform cybersecurity challenges into a competitive advantage and to allow businesses to make objective and reasoned security investments. In addition to helping your business comply with regulatory mandates and cybersecurity standards, this turnkey solution provider can provide all the necessary disciplines. By collaborating with third-party auditors, attestation bodies, and certification bodies, companies can now fill in the gaps needed to meet compliance standards and implement and manage complete cybersecurity programs. In addition to continual monitoring and management of cybersecurity, it provides ongoing compliance changes and updates.

    For mid-sized organizations seeking to compete on a larger stage and for more lucrative contracts, this solution is a game-changer. The next step in cybersecurity is making it an integral part of business operations so that issues such as compliance, privacy, and security are consistently addressed.

    We aim to get someone into compliance and to keep them in compliance for as long as possible. Being their outsourced partner would be great. From multiple perspectives, this is the right thing to do. IT security and IT management are separate issues. The body has a central nervous system and an immune system, both of which are separate systems, but you must have both to survive.

    This is the way we see cybersecurity - as an immunity system for businesses. Separation of duties and checks and balances exist between the IT department and the cyber team. Since IT cannot audit its work, it is often the executive leadership that doesn't know where to begin in terms of cybersecurity. In these cases, the company reaches out to its IT department, whether internally or externally, and asks if anyone can help create software for things like cloud hosting, wondering what they should be doing. Rasmussen acknowledges that, usually, they will receive a lot of different, disparate answers that may not be the right ones in every instance.

    This is mainly because those guys don't have much experience with cybersecurity. Currently, there are many specialized fields within this field. Keeping up with the latest technology is crucial to staying competitive. You must understand the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) of your adversaries' strategies to be able to cope with their tools, techniques, and practices.

    To keep up with the latest technology, you need to understand it. When you are trying to wear two hats as an IT person, one of them is keeping the network up and running and the other is installing users, you may not be best-equipped to handle security issues.

    As a robust cybersecurity program has become a condition of doing business, outsourcing a portion of an organization's cybersecurity that can implement a managed detection and response strategy (MDR) is operationally smart. If a cybersecurity issue arises, an MDR provider (Managed Detection and Response service) can provide round-the-clock network monitoring, including threat detection, incident analysis, and an action plan. A managed detection and response system for small businesses is imperative since almost half of all cybersecurity attacks are directed at businesses, and outsourcing MDR allows small businesses to lower their security costs compared to hiring an in-house cybersecurity team.