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Outsourcing or insourcing decisions can be complex, but Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) offer a viable solution for various security organizational needs. The recent Fortify Experts CISO Forum explored the decision-making process and the importance of effectively evaluating and working with MSSPs.
Key topics covered in the Forum included defining expectations through MSSP evaluations, contracts, Service Level Agreements (SLAs), monitoring MSSP performance. and maintaining communication.
The security leaders attending uniformly agreed that when engaging with MSSPs, aligning expectations with executive requirements and industry standards is vital. To ensure an effective partnership, organizations should consider this a strategic partnership.
Here are some CISO Recommended Tips on how you can improve your success with an MSSP.
A. Start by defining your requirements:
B. Investigate who the reputable vendors are in your industry:
C. Evaluate vendors:
D. Contracting with the Vendor
E. Monitoring Performance:
F. On-going Communication:
By following these insights and best practices, organizations can navigate the MSSP landscape confidently, ensuring successful engagements that meet their unique requirements while maximizing the value they receive from their MSSP.
Thanks to the input of the security leaders who joined our CISO Forum which provided such insightful advice on how to improve your security program.
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About Tim Howard
Tim Howard is the founder of 4 technology firms including Fortify Experts which helps companies hire the Best Cyber Talent on the Planet as well as provides expert consulting and NIST-based security assessments.
In addition, he has a passion for helping CISOs develop Higher Performing Teams through staffing, coaching, CISO Forums, and improving their team culture.
With each new hire, his firm produces an Employee Operating Manual to help clients understand how to motivate and maximize productivity while meeting the needs of each employee.