Smart business owners understand that any function that requires highly specialized expertise and expensive labor is a perfect candidate for outsourcing. Many small- to medium-sized business outsource important corporate functions such as accounting and legal for those reasons. From a business standpoint, outsourcing IT security makes perfect sense. As security technology becomes more complex and threats more prevalent, outsourcing IT security makes technical sense as well.

By working with a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP), companies can have day-to-day access to high-end security expertise. Further, these experts will work proactively to monitor and manage their network to ensure that it stays secure and operational. The benefit that will most interest the finance department, though, is that MSSPs are typically priced at a fraction of the cost of hiring a full time employee.

By working with a MSSP companies can increase security, reduce strain on internal resources, and more effectively manage corporate risk.

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Mike Johnson is the chief technology officer at WebFargo Data Security.