Security Blog | MSP vs Additional IT Staff

Wondering whether to outsource IT security or hire additional in-house staff?

Let us help you decide.

As the frequency and intensity of cyberattacks continues to rise, IT leaders must weigh the pros and cons of an outsourced managed service provider (MSP) vs additional in-house staff. There are many things to consider when faced with this decision, such as cost, industry knowledge and experience, and scope of security management. Let’s break it down!

Pros & Cons of a Managed Service Provider

Managed service providers (MSPs) like Forsyte I.T. Solutions, are staffed with a roster of talented IT security professionals ready to take your organization’s security to the next level. Not only do MSPs have a broad range of education, experience, and qualifications, but outsourcing your IT security also allows you to bypass the cost of recruiting, hiring, managing, and training additional employees. MSPs work as an extension of your IT team by providing the necessary services and solutions to keep your internal IT infrastructure running smoothly – freeing up your in-house team to focus on other tasks. Some organizations view this as a con, since outsourced security works remotely and operates on their own systems.

If your organization is looking to reduce overhead while increasing productivity and job performance among current IT staff, it may be beneficial to invest in an experienced MSP.

Pros & Cons of Hiring additional IT Staff

Many IT leaders lean toward hiring additional IT staff given the sensitive nature of the role of an IT security specialist in safeguarding important company and customer data assets. While the right applicant can grow with the organization to become an integral member of the team, access to qualified candidates is extremely limited amid the cybersecurity labor shortage. If an organization is lucky enough to find the right candidate, it comes at a high salary price. Additional IT staff should also be trained regularly to stay up to date with industry standards and best practices.

What now?

IT leaders must carefully weigh the pros and cons of an outsourced managed service provider (MSP) vs additional in-house staff to determine what’s best for their organization. The above infographic illustrates a breakdown of some of the major points that may help your organization decide next steps.

Forsyte I.T. Solutions is here to answer your questions along the way and assist should you choose to move forward with a managed service provider.

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