When firewalls emerged to protect networks in the early 1990s, outsourcing cyber security to a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) wasn’t even a consideration. However, defending your network from sophisticated cyber attackers today requires a laundry list of appliances and applications, including DDoS protection, intrusion prevention systems (IPS), web application firewalls, data loss prevention, security information and management, deep packet inspection, Wireshark, network analyzers, and more. With so many requirements just from an appliance perspective, it’s easy for companies to become overwhelmed by their growing cyber security budget. Like many other aspects of your business, outsourcing security might make sense now—but do your research before deciding. Before diving into the world of MSSPs, check out these pros and cons to see if outsourcing security is right for you.