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META Group Warns Not to Limit Security Efforts to Offshore Outsourcing

  • 11 September, 2003 11:15

<p>META Group Warns Not to Limit Security Efforts to Offshore Outsourcing</p>
<p>Outsourcer Security Policy Review Is Critical in Early Procurement Stages</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia. (September 11, 2003) „o Most organisations still need to enhance security reviews of all services procurements, according to META Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: METG). Furthermore, the company¡¦s recent research reveals that reviews of outsourcer policies (e.g., personnel, physical security, perimeter, remote access) and process (e.g., security monitoring and response, malicious code protection, configuration management), as well as provisions for periodic compliance audits, should be negotiated early for any procurement.
¡§Organisations should institute rigorous security reviews on all IT services procurements, regardless of provider,¡¨ said META Group IT security analyst Chris King. ¡§Some offshore engagements have a few more areas of scrutiny (local laws and legal recourse) than similar onshore engagements, but otherwise there¡¦s little difference. In fact,
some of the offshore outsourcers are actually doing more on the security front than their domestic counterparts.¡¨
Companies interested in offshore IT outsourcing, especially application development/maintenance and business process outsourcing, should not limit security reviews to their home country¡¦s domestic standards. Offshore outsourcers may pose some unique (and unknown) security concerns (e.g., differences in regulations, legal protections, recourse between the customer¡¦s and outsourcer¡¦s home countries), but these can often be offset by policy statements and enumeration of appropriate penalties.</p>
<p>About META Group
META Group is a leading provider of information technology research, advisory services, and strategic consulting. Delivering objective and actionable guidance, META Group¡¦s experienced analysts and consultants are trusted advisors to IT and business executives around the world. Our unique collaborative models and dedicated customer service help clients be more efficient, effective, and timely in their use of IT to achieve their business goals. Visit for more details on our high-value approach.</p>
Rob Stirling / Kirsten Davey
Markom Marketing
<p>Peter Carr, General Manager
META Group

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