Managed security may address IT skills gap — Kaspersky

The need for managed security grows along with the digital transformation of organizations. According to Kaspersky, managed security offers efficiency in delivering security addressing the perennial issue of the skills gap in the IT industry in the process. 

In the cybersecurity company’s report, businesses in the Southeast Asian (SEA) region outsource security functions to MSSPs mainly to achieve efficiency in delivering security solutions (73.9%), to address the shortage of IT employees or understaffing (57.9%), and to meet the requirements for special security expertise (55.8%).

The report covered 26 countries across all of Kaspersky’s major B2B markets. Companies of different sizes, from SMBs with a number of employees starting from 50, through to major corporations were included.  A total of 3,230 interviews were completed, with 1,915 collected from businesses with 50 to 999 employees. The fieldwork was completed in September 2022.

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Citing an independent study, Kaspersky said that while the Asia Pacific (APAC) continues to grow its cybersecurity workforce, a recent study logged a 2.1 million gap in available local security staff urgently needed in the region. 

“The SEA region’s drive to digitalize has also been delayed by the lack of cybersecurity experts with the right expertise to combat sophisticated cyberthreats,” the company said.

Benefits of managed security

Managed security can help organizations streamline license ordering, management, and reporting; evaluate both cloud and on-premise solutions, and build services for customers on the go; and single sign-on with product consoles to make the whole customer lifecycle smooth and hassle-free.

“Engaging in a reliable, managed security service provider can ensure that enterprises will have the right security talent and effective solutions. It’s an efficient way to outsource if your partner is engaged with a cybersecurity company with proven expertise in threat detection, response, and threat intelligence.”

Kaspersky’s portfolio for MSSPs includes flexible and powerful tools that mean they can secure, monitor, and manage customer infrastructures at any level of complexity and sophistication. 

Whether the clients are asking for core endpoint protection or advanced managed detection and response – even threat hunting – the service provider can do it all, and more, with Kaspersky.