Outsourcing is a common way of improving the technical platform and gaining access to expertise for IT needs in all industries. It also helps cut costs. But as there are some security risks connected to outsourcing, there are some important things to have in mind.
Important steps for secure outsourcing
The first step is to ensure that your organization is in order, which includes checking your security policy. The policy should cover data classification that can distinguish between sensitive and common data and it should also state clear standards and guidelines.
Selecting the right outsourcing vendor is of course very important. Select a vendor who follows a strict security policy and that has security rules including protection of your data from being copied to portable devices or to other tenants in “the cloud”. Make sure that your vendor will follow your privacy and intellectual property policies.
It is also better to choose a vendor who employs the use of gateways and fire walls as t his will help in the total protection of your data. Other things to check are if your vendor has a good track record? Are they educating the employees on how to handle and protect sensitive data? Do they have a systematic approach? Can they give you evidence of it?
To ensure continued secure outsourcing you must conduct regular application/database security audits and network security audits and control that prevention technologies are employed at all times (you need evidence that they have been used).
Outsourcing VPN management
One aspect often overlooked in outsourcing is the risk of letting a supplier manage personal information or other sensitive information.
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection is often used to ensure that no one can eavesdrop on information sent across the public network. The VPN devices protect information and ensure privacy through use of cryptographic functions combined with tunneling protocols.
But many VPN solutions have deficiencies in privacy and confidentiality. Administering VPN devices often have indirect access to sensitive information. This means that no matter where the IT solution is managed, unauthorised people can consciously or unconsciously gain access to sensitive information.
Three Domain Separation
Solve the problem by limiting or completely preventing access to information for the operating party. Instead of relying solely on NDAs and agreements you can avoid risk "by design" where a third party may have access to information that they are not qualified to handle, and, despite any NDA should not be allowed to access.
Advenica’s patented innovation, Three Domain Separation, is a true paradigm shift in VPN management. It is the only technology that eliminates the threat of unauthorised disclosure of sensitive information by a VPN administrator or a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP). It was pioneered to address the potential insider threat from rogue administrative staff within the government, armed forces and intelligence organisations
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