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Choose Your Cyber Security Partner Wisely

When you are looking for a cyber security partner to help you improve your organization’s security posture, it’s important to remember that these services aren’t just a commodity. There are significant differences between how security firms approach the trade, their areas of expertise, experience and more.

And one of the key differences between cyber security vendors is the level of integrity they bring to the profession.

Just as there are hackers who practice ethically and cyber criminals committing fraud, there are also some security firms that engage in nefarious practices. Recently, the cyber security industry got a powerful reminder of this reality when a whistleblower at the security firm Tiversa revealed that his employer had been fabricating data breaches to scare prospective clients.

Let’s be clear about something: Any cyber security firm worth doing business will provide proof of vulnerabilities or attacks. It will adhere to evidentiary standards. And it won’t take the word “breach” lightly.

While a select few firms are flat out up to no good, and should be avoided at all costs, others just might not be the right fit simply because they can’t meet your company’s unique needs. To find a reputable, certified security partner, we recommend using the following criteria to evaluate potential providers.

  1. Product innovation. Experienced cyber security firms that lead the industry do more than just consulting. They also develop innovative products to help their clients solve specific cyber defense problems and simplify security processes. A range of internally developed products help cyber security firms work more efficiently and customize their services to their clients’ needs.
  1. Specialized training. Helping a company improve their cyber security posture often requires training, whether it’s delivered to the entire staff, security team or executive leadership. A security provider might be proficient in the technical aspects of security, but if they aren’t able to help educate as well, their impact is limited.
  1. Service breadth and experience. To deliver a custom solution, a security firm needs to have expertise in a variety of areas. However, it’s important that the firm also has experience to back up its service capabilities. Consider certifications, track record, and the credentials of delivery professionals when you are evaluating a potential cyber security partner.

Cyber security is not one size fits all. So choosing a partner shouldn’t be something done at random. If your organization is looking for a trustworthy cyber security firm, we would appreciate your consideration!

Lunarline’s three-pronged approach to cyber security includes innovative products, services and training that are combined to create a comprehensive security strategy for our 500+ clients. Even smaller companies without the budget for in-house security solutions can achieve tailored security solutions through our managed security services program.

To learn more about our complete line of products, services and training, visit Lunarline.com, or contact us to request a free consultation.

About Spence Witten

Spence has somehow survived ten years at start-ups and small businesses without suffering a (major) nervous breakdown. As Lunarline's Director of Federal Sales, Spence actually loves working on proposals. If there were any doubt, this is proof that he is in fact certifiably insane. While his title says "Sales" Lunarline doesn't let him off that easy. We make him do real work, too. Luckily he's a recognized subject matter expert in security policy and loves helping clients navigate their way around tricky security compliance standards. He's also been known to lead a software development initiative or two, though that pretty much always ends poorly for everyone involved. He can be reached at spence.witten@lunarline.com.