IT security associations, a type of IT trade association that focuses on industry security issues, can help your business stay current on security, an increasingly important IT topic.
One of the issues that has recently been at the forefront for small and medium businesses is spending on security services.
Demand for Security Services Is Rapidly Growing
Gartner research indicates that North-American spending on security services should top $14 billion in 2012. Gartner further recommends that small vendors focus on this North American segment. More and more, businesses are looking to external sources for security solutions and expertise—and that’s where you can come in, if you’re prepared.
IT Security Associations Worth Joining
How can you get the latest and greatest information on security topics, so that you can take advantage of this demand for security services? Joining an IT security association can be a great start. By joining a security association, you can get current, useful information on security topics, which can help you to capitalize on this upward trend in security spending.
One place to start is the SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security Institute, or SANS. It’s not technically a trade group, but it is the largest security institute in the world. It has a huge network of security specialists who provide advice and training.
Another IT security association you might consider joining is the Information Security Forum (ISF). This is an international organization where members share insight and knowledge, along with security solutions and processes.
Do you provide security services to clients? Is this a market you are not a part of now, but are considering getting into? Do you belong to any IT security associations? Please share your thoughts in the comments area below.