Benefits of Outsourcing Cybersecurity in Higher Education
Universities and colleges can turn to third parties for cybersecurity, including:
- Managed security service providers (MSSPs)
- Managed detection and response (MDR) providers
- Security Operations Center as a Service (SOCaaS)
While there are several outsourcing models, they all typically help university IT teams with things like firewall management, intrusion detection and vulnerability scanning.
1. Better Security
Redwine says that schools can now outsource anything in cybersecurity, ranging from 24/7 monitoring solutions to virtual CISOs who can manage a university’s IT and security operations on a fractional basis. The growth of outsourcing in the sector now enables universities of all sizes to build their security infrastructure with lower costs and fewer full-time staff, and to obtain better protection than they might otherwise.
“Many schools simply don’t have the security analysts or the staff to run things as needed,” says Redwine. “Outsourcing enables them to partly address the talent and staffing issue, especially with monitoring and threat detection.”
2. Around-the-Clock Security Monitoring
Outsourcing enables schools to more easily set up 24/7 security monitoring, says Redwine. A SOC is simply a team of security experts that works around the clock to monitor, prevent, detect and respond to cyberthreats.
Through its OculusIT EYE, a 24/7 SOCaaS, Oculus runs security operations for many universities and colleges, including Seton Hill University and Columbia International University. It offers threat detection and response, multifaceted analytics, incident management and flexible deployment solutions, enabling higher education institutions to provide around-the-clock security.