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5 Top Tips For Outsourced Security
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Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
9/23/2014 | 10:26:09 AM
Outsourcing security
Curious to know what, if any, functions Dark Reading community members would consider -- or absolutley NOT -- consider for outsourcing. And why. Thoughts anyone?
aws0513
aws0513,
User Rank: Ninja
9/23/2014 | 11:51:29 AM
Re: Outsourcing security
My immediate list of security relevant functions that should not be outsourced.  There could be other functions that I have not thought of yet, but these two came to mind almost immediately.

1) User provisioning
2) Access control management

Some would think otherwise, but it is my opinion that these are "gatekeeper" functions that the organization itself should maintain.  The localized establishement of these functions would ensure consistency in access control practices and policies along with enhanced capability to identify and remediate internal security risks.  Availability of these functions is also enhanced in that the organization can more quickly gage the need for these functions based upon operations requirements.

 
Stratustician
Stratustician,
User Rank: Moderator
9/23/2014 | 2:54:20 PM
Re: Outsourcing security
I absolutely agree, Access Control Policies should be kept in house due to the constant changes and the need to ensure policies are able to keep up.  I would also add data asset tagging, ie whitelisting of how data can be used.  If you are able to control how your data can be accessed and used you'll have a stronger security posture.  Oh, and let's not forget encryption keys, those should be kept in-house to avoid leakage.
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
9/24/2014 | 5:03:52 PM
Re: Outsourcing security
Followup to aws0513 and  Stratustician: Do you think most companies follow your outsourcing guildines, or are you in the minority?
aws0513
aws0513,
User Rank: Ninja
9/25/2014 | 8:07:29 AM
Re: Outsourcing security
Definitely in the minority.

I say this because unless an organization has IT security professionals as part of their workforce, the organization management will often consider any outsourcing of any kind for any function if it is believed to be a benefit in costs (and in some cases considered a COOP benefit). 
Some older organizations may have, during their existence, learned (encountered) the risks involved with outsourcing certain functions and thus may have already implemented those functions as part of their own organization, but those are few and far between.


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