In today's digital landscape, cybersecurity threats are more prevalent and more advanced than ever before. According to the 2017 ENISA Threat Landscape report
, the past year "brought new records in cyber-attacks of all kinds, data breaches, and information loss." The complexity and sophistication of attacks continues to increase, and cyber criminals have become even better at hiding their trails.
In light of this, 2017 also set records for investments in security. But with so many security vendors out there, it can feel overwhelming identifying who you should trust to protect your company from different kinds of threats. Many organizations turn to one-size-fits-all security services — vendors who say they can protect your company from all kinds of different threats.
On paper, this sounds great. But opting for jack-of-all-trades security could prove detrimental. Sure, it might ease vendor management, but it also could leave you vulnerable if, for instance, you face a security threat outside of your chosen security provider's wheelhouse. You never want to suffer an attack of a breach because you picked the wrong partner.
To put it simply: No single vendor should ever be handling all of your company's security needs. Some of the key rules to consider: Never have the company performing your pentesting handle your remediation and make sure to change pentesting companies every 1–2 years. If you like your current pentesting company, just let them know you will rotate them back in on the next cycle and this is to protect the company's interest. They should understand and if they don't, there's a good chance they are not the right partner for you.
Instead, what you want is to work with the best-of-breed provider in each different class of security. By selecting the right security vendors in different areas of the landscape, your company can benefit from the most comprehensive protection — and if you do it correctly, managing multiple vendors doesn't have to be cumbersome, either.
To know which vendors you should work with in different security classes, it helps to have the guidance of professionals who can steer you in the right direction. A quality consultant can help you ensure compliance and maintain your customers' safety by identifying the best vendors in each area of specialization, and by managing multiple vendor relationships as though they were one. Request your free security vendor analysis report today
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