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Scale Your Tech Stack to Enable Enterprise Growth

Scale Your Tech Stack to Enable Enterprise Growth

Decisions you make today will have a powerful impact on the way your organization responds to future growth. 


Growth is a fundamental business objective for every organization. The economy grows over time. Your market sector grows over time. If your organization doesn’t grow at a competitive pace, it will eventually be left behind. 

But growth often presents complex challenges. If the organization’s technical capabilities don’t match its growth potential, profitability suffers. Uncertainty and instability follow. Business leaders, including information security directors, must build out scalable solutions that accommodate growth and ensure the organization can keep the promises it makes to customers, partners, and stakeholders. 


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Choosing the right tech stack is vital to this strategy. 

A small business has different needs than a Fortune 500 company. Yet some of today’s small businesses will be tomorrow’s global enterprises. Many of these will be the ones that consistently equip themselves with efficient, scalable technology infrastructure. 

 

castra-techstaffInformation Security Faces Unique Growing Pains

Growth can be challenging, and every department faces unique pain points during growth phases. Information security can be one of the most challenging fields in this respect, for several reasons.

1. Hiring and Retaining Qualified Employees 

Information security teams are routinely understaffed and overworked. For years, the cybersecurity industry has suffered from a talent shortage with unfilled positions counted in the millions. This inhibits growth across the board as small businesses, large enterprises, and specialty cybersecurity vendors compete for access to a dwindling labor pool. 

The long-running talent gap has also led to a proliferation of highly automated technological solutions. Information security directors have more security apps and technologies to choose from than ever. But adding new solutions to your tech stack inevitably narrows your hiring focus, as you must now focus on candidates qualified to work with those solutions.

2. Managing Cybersecurity Spend Efficiently

The cybersecurity talent shortage feeds into another challenge information insecurity directors face. 

Almost every organization must choose between in-house and outsourced security assets. With limited resources on the market, it’s virtually guaranteed that your business will rely on some combination of the two. 

These assets include everything from specific technologies to specialty expertise and more. Obtaining 24/7 security coverage requires at least eight analysts and an appropriately configured security and information event management (SIEM) solution. This could be a $1 million investment on its own. Now imagine implementing new technologies and hiring new in-house analysts as the company grows. 

Instead of becoming more cost-effective over time, your in-house security operations center (SOC) may become more expensive and inefficient as the company grows. 

This is why many information security professionals outsource key tasks to managed detection and response vendors like Castra. Your outsourced security team can grow alongside your needs, offering predictable pricing at far more manageable rates than staffing and equipping your own SOC.

3. Selecting Ideal Technology for Your IT Environment

Every technology is designed for a specific set of use cases. The use cases that best reflect your organization’s needs will change as the company grows. Information security leaders who adequately prepare for these transition periods will be able to safely and effectively migrate to new technologies and platforms without putting operational effectiveness at risk. 

Small and mid-sized businesses often cite compliance as their main priority when implementing security technologies. Unified solutions like AT&T USM Anywhere offer a robust, integration-ready solution for achieving and maintaining compliance. It’s an ideal solution for organizations with a lower number of endpoints and reduced log volume. 

castra-techstaff (2)Large enterprises need solutions that can secure much more complex IT environments. A huge number of endpoints and logs means these organizations prefer user-based security systems like Exabeam. This solution uses user and entity behavioral analytics (UEBA) technology to identify suspicious behavior on individual devices and accounts. When it triggers alerts, it also ties together log data to create a comprehensive narrative, allowing security teams to act faster and more decisively.

Rely on Qualified Experience and Expertise to Plan for Growth

Planning for enterprise growth can take time. It requires a considerable amount of research and relies on deep knowledge of the specific capabilities different technologies offer. At the same time, it is necessarily constrained by budget and involves considerable risk. If it turns out that today’s technology doesn’t meet tomorrow’s needs, it will have to be replaced. 

These are problems that organizations of all sizes confront because growth is a goal that every organization shares. The solution, however, is almost always unique to the organization at hand.

Information security leaders who rely on the experience and expertise of a reputable service provider like Castra can identify the right solutions for their growth story without having to risk that growth on trial-and-error.

 

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