Security Consulting – What Is It and Why You Need It

Many organizations, especially small-to-medium sized businesses, may feel overwhelmed when it comes to information security. With all of the news articles and blog posts warning about security-related threats and attacks, a ton of people feel like they need to do something to protect their business but have no idea where to start. This can be where Security Consulting can come in handy. At a high level, security consulting services can be like your “phone-a-friend” when you need help understanding how your organization can be more secure and what steps you need to take to get there. When you don’t have a lot of experience with computer and network security, it can be extremely overwhelming, so it helps to have a trusted partner you can contact to ask general questions or engage for specific security-related tasks.

What Does Security Consulting Include?

The introductory definition to security consulting provided above was necessarily broad, as it can mean a variety of different things to different people. For us at Triaxiom Security, any way we can help when it comes to security that doesn’t fall into one of our more structured service offerings tends to fit in the security consulting category. As part of our core value of partnering with our clients, we want to be available to assist you with any security-related needs you may have. So while we’re not going to nickel and dime you for questions you ask us, we’re more than happy to structure a contract based on a bucket of hours we can use to help you with the random security “stuff” that comes up as a consultant. This can a variety of things, including responding to security questionnaires from your clients, providing guidance on where to focus your resources when it comes to security expenditures, conducting informal risk assessments as architecture changes, or just providing input as to the security implications of a potential change for your business. We’ll always be flexible and strive to meet whatever needs you have when we’re doing any kind of security consulting.

Why You Need It

If your organization does not have a full-time security team, there are likely times where you’ll need someone with more knowledge in that specialty. Security consulting is a great way to fill these knowledge gaps on an “as needed” basis without having to massively increase operating expenses by hiring a full-time employee or team of employees. Consultants have niche knowledge and expertise to help you answer the questions or complete the tasks that are important to you and your business. By engaging an outside firm as part of this, you can also leverage the different areas of expertise they have on staff.

Ultimately, whether you are concerned about your compliance with industry regulations (e.g. PCI DSS, HIPAA, NIST) or just your overall security posture to protect the longevity of your business, security consulting may be the answer when you’re looking for an expert. We can help ease your mind when it comes to security concerns, help you complete security-related tasks, or guide you as you mature your security program. Information security can seem overwhelming, but we’re always here to help, so contact us if you have any concerns today!