Why should a Business Outsource a Cyber Security Engineer?

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At Valenta we believe that every company should have cyber security protection. Cyber-attacks are increasing year over year. The cost of dealing with them is increasing as well. Gartner recently stated that the global information / cyber security market is forecasted to grow at an 8.5% CAGR. Hacking, ransomware, and other malicious activities are all driving this.

One of the best types of cyber security protection is to have a Cyber Security Engineer on staff or on contract. However, for mid-sized businesses and small businesses frequently cyber security is often not prioritized. Sometimes companies do not know where to begin. Frequently they cannot afford to allocate funding to this critical role when they have so many other pressing concerns. Information is one of the most important assets companies have. Protecting the information of customers is also critical and something companies have a responsibility for. Lack of protection of sensitive customer information is something companies will pay dearly for in the event of a breach. In addition to losing customers – which is bad enough – companies can have liability.

At Valenta we can bring the hard to find skill set of a Cyber Security Engineer into any company. At Valenta we serve SMB clients exclusively. We provide outsourced cyber security engineer services that can bring this valuable role within reach of an SMB.

In this article we will cover what a Cyber Security Engineer does, what they can do for a business, why outsourcing can make sense, plus what to consider when outsourcing and how to do it.

What does a Cyber Security Engineer Do?

According to job post board site ZipRecruiter the following is what a Cyber Security Engineer does.

A cyber security engineer—also known as a cyber security analyst—helps prevent attacks on databases and networks of companies using hardware, firewalls, and encryption. The responsibilities of this job are to monitor activity, install software, conduct maintenance on various computer systems, and lead response efforts in the event of a cyber-attack. Cyber security engineers also work with other security professionals from other businesses to share information on potential threats and vulnerabilities.

We agree with this assessment. Cyber Security Engineers are paid well for their services and are in relatively short supply. Glassdoor states that the average salary for a Cyber Security Engineer is 110K USD per year in Orlando FL, and that that it is 114K USD per year in Los Angeles CA. Glassdoor finds that the average salary is 92K CAD per year in Toronto Canada and 52K pounds per year in London England.

These salary averages do not include taxes, or health and retirements benefits. They also do not include office and infrastructure costs. When you add all of that together it can be an expensive proposition. Fortunately, outsourced cyber security services like Valenta’s can come in at 30% to 50% of that total expense. That is an attractive ROI for any business and is a big conversation starter.

What can a Cyber Security Engineer do for a Business?

A Cyber Security Engineer will identify an organization’s security requirements and also assess best practices. They will design, implement, and oversee all the security measures needed to protect data, applications, customers, and the network of a business. They will put plans and tools in place to prevent or deter hacking, phishing, ransomware, breaches, and other nefarious activity.

A Cyber Security Engineer will monitor, investigate plus conduct regular vulnerability testing. They will troubleshoot and take all necessary measures to keep an organization up and running and its infrastructure and data safe and secure. A Cyber Security Engineer will need to stay up to date on the latest trends, technology, and providers of cyber security tools. At Valenta our cyber security engineers work with technology from vendors including SolarWinds, LifeLock, Vipre, Intruder, Netsparker and more. The role of a cyber security engineer is important and is one that every organization needs either fulltime or as a service.

Why does Outsourcing a Cyber Security Engineer make sense

The number one reason an outsourced Cyber Security Engineer can make sense for an SMB company is getting needed skills in the door. Cyber Security Engineer staff augmentation services like the ones that Valenta providers also are dramatically more economical that hiring staff in house and reduce costs.

Outsourced Cyber Security Engineer services also offer a ton of flexibility as engagements are typically month to month. One often underestimated benefit of using staff augmentation services is that they allow a company to stay focused on what they do best without needing to gain expertise outside of their scope.

This complement to existing staff and ability to not deviate from the core mission of a company is one of the primary reasons clients stay engaged with us year after year. Our staff augmentation clients usually sign on with us because of the ROI or to solve a difficult talent issue … but they stay because of the convenience.

How to Outsource Cyber Security Engineers

The answer to the question of how to outsource Cyber Security Engineers is simple. All a company has to do is reach out to Valenta (or to be fair, a company like us). When considering outsourced cyber security engineer services there is more to consider than just the price. Organizations will want to think about where services are located and the infrastructure in the countries plus the service centers engineers will be working out of.

Organizations will also want to consider the education and work experiences for contracted personnel. Finally, a consideration must be given to local support and account management. At Valenta we model ourselves after companies like Deloitte and Accenture that service the Fortune 500. We have local consultants, managing partners, and managing directors all over the US, Canada, the EU, the UK, plus Australia. There are a lot of reasons why an SMB would want a Cyber Security Engineer on staff or under contract … we make that easy and cost effective.

Want to Learn More?

We believe every company should have access to cyber security services. We are proud to offer outsourced cyber security engineer services to SMB customers. At Valenta we focus exclusively on serving midsized and small business clients. We provide all the back office functions that an SMB may need.

We also provide software developers, a wide range of IT professionals, and roles for the new Information Economy. We operate service centers in India, Malaysia, the Philippines, and the Caribbean. We are adding service centers in Latin America and Eastern Europe in the next 12-18 months.

We have consultants, managing partners and managing directors in major cities around the world. Our managing partners work with offshore staff to deploy the right cyber security engineer staff augmentation service for our clients. To contact us on this topic or any other, please reach out to us.

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