Choosing between in-house and outsourced cybersecurity is a big decision you must make as a business owner. There are pros and cons to either choice and it’s up to you to decide which makes more sense for you.
What are the advantages of having a cybersecurity department in-house?
- Constant Monitoring – With your cybersecurity taken care of in-house, there will always be someone to watch over your data and ready to inform you of any impending threats.
- Familiarity – Obviously, with your cybersecurity being managed by a member of your staff, something to remember is the fact that they know how your company works and how you conduct your services.
- Experience – Within your company, it’s good to know the history of your relationship with cybersecurity, e.g. past breaches, etc.
What are the advantages to outsourcing the work?
- Improved Outcome – With an experienced cybersecurity team, already trained and setup with the right equipment is going to be less costly for you then trying to set up a cybersecurity department within your business. There’s more likely to be a specialist well-versed in your area. As many people outsource their cybersecurity, they are likely to have a lot more experience dealing with your kind of company and your kind of systems.
- Quick Setup – As cybersecurity teams are already formed and trained with the right equipment, they take a lot less time to setup when you need them.
- Less Costly – Hiring a cybersecurity team, with all their past experience and all their gear ready, is going to be a lot cheaper than trying to pay for a cybersecurity department in-house to be trained and have all the equipment bought for them.
According to Ali, one of our cybersecurity specialists, you should go with ‘outsourced because the people working in-house can be influenced. If you find a vulnerability in a web app and you are good mates with a web developer, you might be inclined to not put in your report but, if you are a third party, you wouldn’t care. Most of the security audits are done by the third party for that specific reason.’
According to Luke, another of our cybersecurity specialists, you should go with ‘outsourced because it requires specialism. For small and medium companies, they don’t have the resources to hire a full-time security guy. If a guy that’s doing security for them is an amateur, they will be ****ed because security isn’t something you should play at. A small mistake can have a big impact so you should know what you’re on about.’
So, we would suggest outsourcing your cybersecurity work as its then in the hands of professionals with years of experience and expertise.