The future of cybersecurity
Pieter Nel, Regional Manager: SADC, Sophos.
While it is clear that digital transformation has opened up fantastic new business opportunities, it has, at the same time, created a wide variety of new attack vectors for cybercriminals.
Today, cybercrime is such a massive activity in today’s electronic world that a number of leading security players have suggested that these criminals far outnumber the security experts working to counter them.
That’s why we’ve seen an exponential rise in organized criminal syndicates actively working to break into businesses and steal their information – whether it’s intellectual property, customer databases, or financial records.
With that in mind, says Pieter Nel, Regional Head: SADC at Sophos, we should expect cybersecurity to continue to grow in importance as we move forward. After all, the rise of ransomware brokers and the continued shortage of security talent means that defenders working on behalf of an organization increasingly need their security technology to be managed on their behalf.
“This approach is known as Cybersecurity as a Service (CSaaS), an outsourced model for managing cybersecurity. With CSaaS, instead of managing security in-house, where the business may struggle with limited resources and expertise, it now becomes possible to outsource it to a third-party vendor, using a pay-as-you-go approach. use,” he says. .
“An effective CSaaS solution will allow the customer to manage all of their security products from a single platform. Additionally, by leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze the insights generated by these solutions, it becomes possible to obtain meaningful and actionable data to strengthen your security posture.
Nel notes that one of the main challenges of digitization is that implementing effective cybersecurity is becoming increasingly difficult and complex, especially since there is such a shortage of security skills. .
“That’s why we recommend that they seek out a trusted partner who can deliver security as a service, as this will have the dual benefit of providing access to relevant expertise and allowing their own employees to focus on their main areas of activity.
“There are, of course, many other benefits to taking a CSaaS approach. On the one hand, the company should gain in terms of long-term savings. CSaaS eliminates the often costly overhead of building an in-house team and acquiring hardware and software.
He suggests that investing in internal cybersecurity is both an expensive and ongoing effort, as you have to factor in the need to hire or retrain team members with specific skills. The latter is particularly problematic for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as it can be costly, and is therefore also the reason why more than two out of five cyberattacks target SMEs.
“Adopting CSaaS just makes sense because it gives a business – whether large or small – direct access to experts who are fully focused on cybersecurity and the myriad challenges created by the digital age” , did he declare.
“I can’t stress enough that skilled security resources are in short supply, as the demand for such professionals has grown exponentially in recent years. This means that building a team of in-house experts can be a big task, even if your company has access to the necessary resources. »
Of course, adds Nel, the other beneficial aspect of the CSaaS model is its inherent flexibility. Because it’s an as-a-service model, your business can scale up or down as needed, so there’s no over- or under-investment in security features.
“When it comes to running a successful business, cybersecurity is definitely the one area where you just can’t afford to cut corners. Investing in cybersecurity is not an advantage, it is an absolute necessity.
“Therefore, it seems like an obvious choice to go with CSaaS because you’ll eliminate complexity, improve security through on-demand expertise, and of course, save money doing it,” he concludes. .