Cybersecurity is an integral part of any business and picking the right provider is not easy. There are many things to consider when looking for a vendor. In order to make life easier here are 5 tips to consider
The service provider needs to be financially stable. When you are looking for cybersecurity, you want to make sure that you invest in someone who will be there long term. Cybersecurity is not a one and done solution. There are always new updates, bug fixes, and new cyber threats that needs to be consider. If the cybersecurity provider is not available for the long run due to financial issues, you may be stuck with outdated security or worse no security at all. Make sure that the provider you are working with financially stable and will be able to work with you for a long time to come.
Look to see if the provider you are working with is well recognized. Do they have a good rating on website such as Gartner? Does this provider have certifications and the follow up is do these certifications matter to your company specifically? Have you heard or any of your staff heard of this company before? These are all questions that you will need to ask yourself when investing in a new cybersecurity provider. If they are a big company of course they would be someone you would know. If they are smaller just be a little more careful and do your research.
One of the first thing you should do is check with your engineers to see who they have worked with in the past. Chances are you want to invest in a solution that your employees have worked for in the past. Working with things you know versus working with brand new solutions is always better. If you do not have anyone who has a company to refer, then take a look if the company in question has customer referrals or testimonials. You are not the only person the company has worked with (hopefully) and seeing what other people say will make it much easier to work with the company in question.
Cybersecurity company all pretty much have the same software or features give or take. What makes a company truly unique is how they are able to adapt to your needs. Every company is different, and you want to have a solution that suits your specific needs and use cases. If the cybersecurity vendor is able to solve your problems without comprising for security or work arounds, then this will make it much easier to pick the company.
You are looking for a cybersecurity expert and the company should be an expert when it comes to cybersecurity. Take the chance to review the resources they have on their website. Make sure to read some of the guides or white paper the company has posted to get an understanding of how much of a subject matter expert this company really is. If you do get on a sales call, make sure to challenge and verify certain fields to ensure that the company you are working with truly is an expert.
Hopefully these 5 tips help you in your decision-making process to find the right cybersecurity provider. A bonus tip is also to check for availability. The company you work with needs to be available especially for technical support issues. That’s all the tips that we have. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about cybersecurity feel free to leave a comment below.