When Customers’ Security Requirements Outgrow Your Comfort Zone
In the wake of highly disruptive and public attacks, organizations and C-level executives are paying closer attention to the level of security that exists within their increasingly distributed networks. With this in mind, cyber security spending is expected to grow by 8.7% in 2019, reaching $124 billion.
Key drivers behind this increased IT spend are the need to upgrade outdated infrastructure and increased security concerns. This makes sense, as over the past several years outdated infrastructure, be it hardware or software, has been the cause of many high-profile data breaches. This is compounded by the growing awareness of security concerns as attacks become more sophisticated and the attack surface expands across businesses as a consequence of digital transformation.
Beyond these reasons, 37% of organizations noted changes to regulations as a top factor leading to increased IT spend. While there are many business incentives to prioritize cyber security, regulators have taken it upon themselves to ensure organizations are taking every precaution when it comes to protecting sensitive consumer data. Your customers are now subject to penalties and fines if they do not comply with various rules and regulations. These may include PCI DSS, GDPR, California Consumer Privacy Act, HIPAA, and others depending on where your customer operates and within which industry.
Customers Need Guidance in Addition to Technology
To combat security concerns and maintain compliance, organizations are investing in tools and security controls. However, more than just technical investments, organizations need partners and providers that can offer support and guidance, rather than just the deployment of a tool. This is evidenced by the increase in managed services budget allocation throughout the year.
Many of your customers will have to ensure their security infrastructure is compliant with more than one set of regulations while minimizing complexity within their network. They will be looking to their technology partners and managed service providers to offer advice on which areas of their network need to be fortified, which tools allow for compliance with which regulations, and how to integrate various tools to ensure a centralized approach to compliance, rather than a piecemeal approach comprising many disparate tools that can hurt visibility.
Considering this, VARs, MSSPs and solution and service providers must have a thorough understanding of how to deploy, configure and troubleshoot network controls. They need regular insight into current attack trends that can cause shifts in where their customers are most vulnerable as well as an in-depth understanding of applicable regulations.
What to Look for In a Partner to Provide Consistent Support
For many partners, it can be a challenge to keep pace with all of these highly technical requirements and get the training that’s needed to succeed. This is especially true given the current cyber security skills gap.
The question then becomes, how can VARs, MSSPs and other providers ensure security and compliance to their customers when these various requirements begin to outgrow their expertise and comfort level?
To overcome these challenges and offer consistent support to customers, providers must focus on partnering with organizations with four key offerings:
- Centralized Management: You are only making it harder on yourself if you try to report on compliance and potential security incidents using information gathered and stored across separate security tools in the network. With this in mind, look for partners that offer the ability to integrate various security controls– from endpoint protection to firewalls and beyond–using APIs. This will enable visibility into the status of your customers’ security and compliance standing from a single location.
For example, Fortinet’s Management and Analytics solutions, FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer, simplify network orchestration and response with single-pane-of-glass visibility. Furthermore, each Fabric-Ready device in the network comes with built-in regulatory reporting and compliance management features.