Our ears were ringing with striking (and even frightening) figures during this X-change:
- 2.8 million malware samples are launched each day
- The cost of cybercrime will soon reach 2.1 trillion dollars
- On average, hackers spend 205 days on your network (causing damage) before they are even noticed
- On the other hand, over 80% of security budgets is spent on prevention.
Security as a Service is a relative newcomer in the cloud offering. Our experts - Frank Staut (CTO at SecureLink Group) and Olivier Ménil (Business Development Manager Security at Proximus) - guided us through pitfalls and benefits. Both agreed that people remain the most important factor in the project: on the one hand, human error is the main cause of security failures; on the other hand, to guarantee the best service, you need the right people with the right skills in your team. All this means training and awareness are not luxuries, but necessities.
Olivier Ménil also pointed out that, when choosing a security provider, trust is key and the people in the provider’s security team need to be easily accessible. Security is a process and there is no such thing as ‘one-vendor-does-all'.
In conclusion, we had a very dynamic discussion, with participants wondering what guarantees a supplier can give, and how to balance the benefits and costs of a Security Operations Centre.
One thing everyone agreed upon: you may be able to outsource your security, but you can’t outsource your accountability!