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Forrester: Security Outsourcing may be Newest Trend in 2010

by: Karen Cayamanda

Thursday, January 14, 2010 |

As the number of companies that outsource their security tasks increases, Forrester Research said network security outsourcing may be the newest trend this year. 

The new Forrester report indicated that even though a company outsources security, it is still “accountable for the protection of that data”. Also, service providers must be held responsible in case problems occur. "This is probably the most overlooked aspect of the outsourcing relationship," the Forrester report said. "On paper, you can terminate the relationship with the outsourcer as soon as the contract ends, but in reality, you invest a lot of time, effort and resources in a relationship - and it becomes very hard to change outsourcers quickly."

Security outsourcing is risky, and many companies are still not open to this idea, even as a cost-cutting measure. However, Forrester report said this can be studied by firms which are striving for improved network security at low costs.


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