Without effective security, companies risk losing money and customer trust. With good security, companies have the power to maintain stakeholder value, customer loyalty, and competitive advantage. Faced with the complexity of providing effective security, many companies are turning to outsourcing.
to a June 2000 survey by Hurwitz Group, as many as a quarter of companies with more than $10 billion in annual sales are using or considering handing over some of their security, such as firewalls, anti-virus software, virtual private networks, or intrusion detection, to a managed security service provider. Analyst firm Gartner Dataquest states managed security services, defined as outsourced management and monitoring of security systems, is the fastest growing segment of the information security