Gartner Research

Taking a Pragmatic Approach to Network Security for Midsize Organizations

Published: 24 July 2015

ID: G00278084

Analyst(s): Adam Hils , L Akshay, Claudio Neiva


Midsize organizations must strike an effective balance between staffing and spending to secure their IT environment. Mastering the fundamentals is critical; however, to achieve a level of excellence in more complex areas of security, midmarket security leaders must engage with external resources.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Prioritize Security Hygiene First to Mitigate Most Threats, Focusing on Functions Such as Vulnerability Assessment, Patch Management and Configuration Hardening
    • Recommendations
  • Consider Multifunction Devices and/or Cloud Services to Optimize Your Security Budget
    • Unified Threat Management (UTM) Platforms
    • Cloud-Based Security Services
    • Recommendations
  • Midsize Organizations Should Consider Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) to Augment or Replace the DIY Model
    • Recommendations

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