February 23, 2016

Services approach is the only way to make security work for C Suite level

Peter Dahlberg

Sales Lead, Security, Tieto Security Services

Like security itself, security market is diverse and evolves constantly. There’s no shortage of solutions, technologies, components, and partners. If finding a right combination is laborious, keeping an eye on the selected security infrastructure on a daily basis is even more so.

The first thing we asserted when launching this blog was that security is not a technological issue but a business one, and as such, a key concern to the organization’s leadership.

You don't have to take just our word for it. For example, the mightiest security organization in the world, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is talking along similar lines. It urges organizations to elevate security discussions to the CEO and advocates situational awareness with both real-time and trend data.

The question is, of course, how can CEO fit these responsibilities in his or her busy calendar?

Like security itself, security market is diverse and evolves constantly. There’s no shortage of solutions, technologies, components, and partners. If finding a right combination is laborious, keeping an eye on the selected security infrastructure on a daily basis is even more so.

We at Tieto Security Services firmly believe that security should be a service, but this is a vague statement and not saying much. So let me explain our vision in a little more detail.

Managed Security Services (MSS) is the modern, industry-wide approach to security challenges. It draws from the typical pain points that also our team members have come across when working in various sectors of security business, long before Tieto Security Services saw the light of day. It all boils down to three keywords: visibility, simplicity, and protection.

Visibility means that there must be a holistic view to security and organization’s digital assets. This allows for situational awareness, puts business continuity and compliance in plain sight, and lets decisions be made at high level. Similar to business reporting/analysis, a visual, dashboard-like presentation is a powerful tool here. As Markus said in his earlier post, it may even transform security in the same way that business intelligence transforms business reporting: less focus on past events, more insight into what might happen next.

Tieto Security Wall dashboard

Behind this command center, there’s a complex infrastructure of security products and services. Vendor-neutral MSS Provider provides simplicity, meaning that everything is neatly integrated. Organizations can use whatever in-house technologies they may already have in place. They also have access to the best possible security products and services both from Tieto’s portfolio and from third parties, with a speedy time to delivery.

And what about protection? Everyone needs to sleep every now and then, even the C suite. An essential part of MSS is 24/7/365 monitoring and support. If something goes wrong on New Years Eve at 3 AM, reaction is immediate.

With these three key aspects in mind, you won’t get caught with your pants down in the unpredictable cyber security environment.

For more detailed information please see our white paper.

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