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Network Security: 3 Advantages and 3 Disadvantages of Outsourcing



The impact of cyber attack depend on the strength of your network security, which involves advance technical skills and resources in order to lunch a capable cyber security framework.

Only a strong cyber security infrastructure can withstand several threats and vulnerabilities within your system. If you can’t pull this off, outsourcing it is a good alternative.

Outsourcing your network security takes the burden of securing your digital environment off your shoulders, but it also has some challenges. What exactly are the pros and cons of outsourcing network security?

What Is Outsourced Network Security?

Outsourced network security is the process of taking a step back and hiring third-party cybersecurity experts to secure your network. Despite the numerous reports about cyberattacks, many people still believe that these attacks are far away from them. It seems like a news story until it actually happens to them.

Outsourcing network security is a proactive security strategy that helps you prepare for cyberattacks beforehand. Even if you are well-versed in network security, your knowledge probably isn’t as in-depth as that of a cybersecurity professional. Bringing an expert on board helps to identify and resolve the minute security loopholes that may not be visible to a non-professional.

3 Advantages of Outsourcing Your Network Security

Outsourcing your network security offers you several benefits including:

1. Enjoy Expert Cybersecurity Services

The growing popularity of digital technology makes more people tech-savvy. It takes one to have an affinity for technology to own a computer network, so there’s a high chance that you are good with computers. But being knowledgeable about information technology isn’t the same as having cybersecurity skills which you need to secure your network.

Outsourcing your network security gives you access to very skilled cybersecurity professionals who dedicate their time and resources to learning how to secure computer networks. If you were to handle it yourself, you can’t say for a fact that you can secure your network effectively because your skills may be basic. A cybersecurity expert would know what they are doing and address threats from their roots.

Read Also: Cyber Security: 6 tips To Hunt Threat, Safeguard Critical Assets

2. Save Costs by Focusing on Critical Security Needs

Outsourcing network security might seem costly on the surface, compared to handling it yourself. But on the contrary, it could help you save costs. When you work with security professionals, they help you analyze your network to identify the most vulnerable areas that require urgent attention via triage—a process of channeling your resources to the most critical areas of your system.

Instead of spending resources on all and sundry within your network, an expert can help you focus on securing your most critical data and network areas. For instance, implementing strong access controls that keep intruders at bay can prevent tons of cyber threats. A professional can guide you better in this direction. Otherwise, you may spend much more than you should.

3. Implement Custom Cybersecurity

No two networks are the same. There’s a tendency for someone who isn’t a cybersecurity professional to approach it from a generic perspective. You may get some results, but they may not be so effective, especially as you lack the expertise to tailor cybersecurity strategies to your system’s unique environment.

A cybersecurity professional has the training to recognize the differences among various networks. They examine a network down to the letter to outline its peculiarities.

Before proffering a solution, an expert may conduct a penetration test, an ethical hacking method to identify vulnerabilities in your network that cybercriminals would exploit. They may even go further to measure your cybersecurity risk appetite to understand your network’s security standing. Even if you know about these methods, you may lack the skills to conduct them effectively.

Having gathered all the information about the current conditions of your network, instead of implementing textbook cybersecurity practices, an expert will break them down to suit the dynamics of the network.

Network Security: 3 Advantages and 3 Disadvantages of Outsourcing

Network Security: 3 Advantages and 3 Disadvantages of Outsourcing

3 Disadvantages of Outsourcing Your Network Security

There are some downsides to outsourcing your network security.

1. Inability to Prioritize Your Network

If you outsource your network security to an agency, you may not be the only one they work with. They probably have a long list of clients, so their attention may be divided as they cater to each client, making them unable to prioritize your network.

That’s not to say that your network security will suffer outrightly, but they may not be able to respond to issues speedily and resolve them head-on. If you were handling your network security yourself, it would be your topmost priority. You could make the effort to tackle any issues without delay.

You can prevent inadequate attention and immediacy with a cybersecurity outsourcing personnel or firm by signing a service level agreement (SLA) stating that they would give your network the outermost attention. If they fail to do this, you can take legal action.

Read Also: 6 Tips To Ensure Your Data Security

2. Limited Knowledge of Your Network

Implementing effective network security requires an in-depth knowledge of the network in question including its cyberattack history, weaknesses, and strengths. This helps in resolving issues beyond the surface and down to the roots. As the owner or administrator of a network with a good understanding of your cyber environment, you are in a position to manage its security well, but only if you have the right skills.

A cybersecurity professional can gain extensive knowledge of your network if you are willing to work with them. You need to give them all documents and other resources containing the history and activities of your network. With your cooperation, they will understand your network beyond the surface level and render their services to suit its specific needs.

3. Privacy Concerns

Data privacy is key in network security. The fewer the number of people with access to your network, the more secure your data is. When you outsource your network security, you grant third parties access to your network data.

In as much as the cybersecurity expert or vendor may claim to operate in utmost confidentiality, the fact remains that they have access to your private information. Even if they don’t have any malicious intentions, someone else could steal your login credentials from them and access your network, so it’s best to limit the number of people who have access to your network.

You can maintain data privacy when outsourcing your network security with access control best practices such as least privilege, where you grant users access to only areas that concern them. Don’t grant the professional complete access to your network. Restrict their access to the scope of their work. Pay close attention to their services, so you can detect any malicious actions or behaviors from them.


Entrepreneurs seek tax waivers on renewable energy products, say manpower development necessary



renewable energy sector

Some entrepreneurs in the renewable energy sector on Wednesday called for tax waivers on renewable energy products in order to increase access and encourage more people to use green alternatives.

The entrepreneurs stated this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan while speaking on the importance of manpower development in renewable energy in Nigeria.

The Chief Executive Officer of Gacht Solar, Adekunle Audu, said training and retraining were essential to the uptake of renewable energy in Nigeria, especially the off-grid solar technology.

Audu commended Nexgen Energy for organising training for small and medium entrepreneurs to ensure renewable energy has wider acceptance through excellent service delivery.

According to him, the training opened him to new opportunities and networking which have been aiding his venture.

“The Customs duties we pay on our goods when we import (them) is so much and since power is one of the problems in Nigeria, if the government can at least do a tax waiver on some of our products it will really go a long way in helping the power sector,” Audu said.

Also, the Managing Director of Goldmine Technosolar Company, Mr John Olateju, said knowledge of renewable energy products and installation techniques were salient skills essentials for distributors of renewable energy.

He said this was due to constant technological advancement.

According to him, the Techfine training he attended was a good one which created networking among dealers, installers and stakeholders in the industry.

“If such a programme is organised from time to time, it will help installers to operate efficiently and have a voice which will be to the betterment of the nation at large,” Olateju said.

He said government could do a lot to make the renewable energy sector viable, such as encouraging end-users to take to renewable energy through various incentives.

Olateju said such a strategy would make the products affordable and available with the option of loan repayments to uptake renewable energy spread over five to 10 years.

“Considering the economy of this country, the government should be abler to do more than it is already doing, so that the price of renewable energy can be affordable to Nigerians,” he said.

The Chief Executive Officer of Starkbase Consult, Mr Abiodun Oluborode, said manpower development through training and re-training helps people to acquire knowledge.

He said such knowledge would translate to growth and development, especially for start-up businesses.

Oluborode said he had acquired training from Nexgen Energy on how to calculate load on solar energy for installation for clients which had to improve service delivery.

He pointed out that this was something he did not know prior to the training.

Oluborode said most entrepreneurs who want to venture into the renewable energy business had been developing cold feet due to high taxes on the product.

He said this was in spite of the opportunities created by incessant power outages.

“The government should reduce tax one way or the other and encourage people to go into solar. You can see what is happening. Businesses are going down due to lack of power supply from the national grid.

“It should also encourage start-up’s’ businesses by providing them grants, especially for those who are into solar as it is being done for those in the agriculture sector.

”This is because I have a lot of people who want to go into the business, but they do not have the capital,” Oluborode said.

Also, a Sales Representative of Greenlife Power System, Mr Ayo Ogundiya, said government should provide an enabling environment for renewable energy operators.

He added that there were a lot of opportunities in renewable energy in Nigeria and, if harnessed, they can thrive and contribute to the economy of the nation.

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Virgin Galactic to launch its first space tourism flight



Virgin Galactic to launch its first space tourism flight

An 80-year old former Olympian with Parkinson’s disease would be one of three passengers on board Virgin Galactic’s first space tourism flight when it blasts off on Thursday.

Jon Goodwin, from Newcastle, would join Keisha Schahaff, 46, and her daughter Anastatia Mayers, 18, who is studying physics in Aberdeen, on the VSS Unity for the 90-minute trip.

The two women would be the first mother and daughter to make a trip to space after winning a coveted place in a prize draw.

Goodwin secured his seat 18 years ago after buying a 250,000 dollars ticket.

It would be taking off at 4 p.m. (1500 GMT) from New Mexico in the U.S., in the mothership VMS Eve and VSS Unity.

It would separate and take them into sub-orbital space, where they would briefly experience weightlessness, while looking back at Earth.

The trip would raise funds for Space for Humanity, a non-profit group which seeks to send ordinary citizens into space to give them a grander perspective on the challenges facing Earth.

The three would be joined by astronaut instructor Beth Moses.

In June Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic successfully completed the company’s first commercial spaceflight, taking Italian astronauts into space to conduct a number of scientific experiments.

The company is calling the first private astronaut mission on Thursday Galactic 02.

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