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Gartner: 5 Key Technology Trends For Midsize Enterprise Companies

At the Midsize Enterprise Summit, Gartner research director Mike Cisek highlights a handful of alternative approaches IT decision-makers should consider as midmarket budget and staffing limitations continue.

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Enhanced Security Detection And Response Capabilities

Gartner sees security as the biggest skill gap that exists in the midmarket. Organizations of all sizes face evolving security threats on a daily basis, Cisek noted, and even those with vastly superior manpower and financial resources – such as Equifax – deal with breaches.

"It's changing too quickly for you to assume you can build this and be effective," he said.

For midsize enterprises that face far greater limitations, complex solutions or situations that involve a large number of alerts and events are essentially untenable. A potential remedy: blending on-prem security as a service with managed security as a service.

Firewall as a service, cloud access security brokers, IDaaS, IAM managed services, application security-as-a-service and enterprise mobility management suites are all options midsize enterprises should weigh.

Cisek again emphasized that companies that try to manage security in-house often face tremendous difficulty because of existing skill gaps and the limited resources IT leaders can sink into security operations. An MSSP can providea round-the-clock monitoring for a few thousand dollars per month, he added.

"They buy the [security] tool, they hire the person, they send him out, get him trained. They just made that person extremely marketable in the hottest job market ever," Cisek said. "Guess what [the security technicians] do? They leave and double their salary. Then you have to start all over."

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