How You Should Choose a Cybersecurity Consultant for your Business

November 6, 2018
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Seeing how the internet has already taken the world by storm, not excluding businesses, it is only obvious that cybercrime will increase at the same time. However, cybercrime is increasing at such an alarming rate that data breaches will become a billion dollar industry by 2019! Keeping this in mind, cybersecurity is more of a necessity rather than a luxury these days.

Whether you have a small or large organization, your business data is at risk. And if you think your business lacks adequate protection, then you need to look for a reliable security solution right away. But then again, looking for the best service out there is not entirely simple. Keeping this in mind, and to aid you in your cause, here are a couple of ways you can go about finding the best cybersecurity consultant out there.

Identify your Need

 

Before looking into different cybersecurity consultants for your business, take a step back and identify your business’ own needs and requirements.

Most enterprises require solutions like data loss prevention, intrusion detection systems, firewalls, network security, cloud security and so on. If you are not sure what your business needs, then a cybersecurity assessment or audit should do wonders for you in this regard.

Shortlist the Best Cybersecurity Consultants

 

Once you know your business’ security needs, the next step would be to shortlist the best cybersecurity consultants out there. But do not stop there, look into their experience and reputation for the industry your business operates in. Moreover, do your homework about the different approaches, techniques, and technologies available used by said consultants.

There are a lot of ways you can make the decision-making process even simpler. You can check out reviews online, to see what past customers have to say about them. Or you can check out their websites for testimonials. If need be, feel free to contact their past or current clients to get more information about what they think about the consultant you may be interested in.

Ideally, you should opt for a cybersecurity consultant that works in the same industry as your business and has made a name for itself.  

Evaluate their Team

 

When it comes to reliable cyber security teams, they are backed by experienced, dedicated and competent professionals. Without a skilled team, no cybersecurity consultant will be able to help you out, let alone protect your business. For this reason, make sure you visit the company’s website to check out profiles of the team. Do not be afraid to dig deep to do your research regarding every team member as it will give you a better understanding of what you are getting yourself into.

Apart from checking each team member’s credentials and past employment, look at the overall team’s certifications and training, apart from their education of course. If possible, contact or call each and every team member individually so that you can get more information, anything that you may have missed out on.

Evaluate their Services from Top to Bottom

 

Remember, you will come across numerous cybersecurity consultants that will make claims, but they may not necessarily be telling the truth. They may lack the technologies and skills to implement their services effectively. Here too, you will need to go back to your own needs and requirements, and then assess them according to the potential consultant’s solutions.

If a consultant offers a variety of services, it should have a large team. If they specialize in a specific field, they should have the skills for that niche.

Basically, you need to evaluate their services from top to bottom. Call them and find out more about their services and how they plan to implement them for your business. The more details you get, the better.

Some critical services you may require are as follows:

  • Data Security
  • System Security
  • Security Compliance
  • Security Governance
  • Security Operations
  • Cloud Security

Find out about their solutions and services, along with insurance coverage and pricing.

Performance and Reporting Evaluation

 

A good cybersecurity consultant will go out of their way to provide monthly analytics and important reports. The idea here is to inform you about how you are doing, and how your consultant is pulling it off. If you need more details, they should be able to give you more reports and other details. Also, make it a point to discuss what metrics will be used to evaluate their performance.

Scalability

 

Before you commit to a particular cybersecurity consultant, make sure the solutions are scalable. The solutions and services you opt for should evolve along with your business that too without affecting your business. As for the contract, there should be enough room in there for changes to be made later on.

Make an Informed Decision

 

Lastly, when you think you have found the right cybersecurity consultant, ask them to give you a presentation. The purpose of doing so is to see if they can convince you. If they convince you about their strategy and plan to secure your business, then there is no reason why you should not go ahead with them. But even then, prepare yourself accordingly to ask as many questions as you possibly can.

Of course, there are many ways you can go about finding a cybersecurity consultant for your business. Each and every process will offer different results, most of them may not necessarily do any good for your business.

It may seem overwhelming, but you need to be absolutely certain that the consultant you plan on working with, is not going to take you for a ride. The last thing you need is to wound up with a cybersecurity consultant that is not sure about its own workings, let alone securing your business.

Whatever you do, and how you go about searching for the best cybersecurity consultant make sure it gels well with your business. Failing to do so could quite possibly bring your business to its knees, seeing how cybersecurity is something that is not taken lightly anymore.

 

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