Security as a Service(SECaaS) is a cloud business model in which a providers usually function the same way as a SaaS providers: they charge a monthly subscription fee to reduce cost burden for outsourced services.
Security as a Service provides access to a tool or platform, they provide protection for your apps, data, and operations that run in the cloud, the simplest example of security as a service is using an anti-virus software over the Internet.
With security as a service, security solutions are no longer delivered locally, where your IT department installs virus protection software, spam filtering software, and other security tools on each machine or on the network or server in your workplace, keeping the software up-to-date or telling them to use it. The old way of doing things is also expensive; you have upfront costs for hardware as well as continuing costs for licenses to allow you to use the software. Instead, security as a service allows you to use the same tools using only a web browser, making it direct and affordable.
Benefits of Security as a Service
Following are the benefits of Security as a Service:
Latest and most updated security tools available: For anti-virus tools to be effective and useful, they need to work with the latest virus definitions, allowing them to stomp out threats, even the newest ones. With security as a service, you’re always using tools that are updated with the latest threats and options. This means no more worrying that your users are not updating their anti-virus software and keeping other software up to date to ensure the latest security patches are in use. The same case goes for updating and maintaining spam filters.
The best security people working for you: IT security experts are at your beck and call, and they may have more experience and a better skillset than anybody on your IT team.
Faster provisioning: The beauty of as-a-service offerings is that you can give your users access to these tools instantly. SECaaS offerings are provided on demand, so you can scale up or down as the need arises, and you can do so with speed and agility.
You get to focus on what’s more important for your organization: Using a web interface or having access to a management dashboard can make it easier for your own IT team to administer and control security processes within the organization.
Makes in-house management simpler: If you have protected data, it is not enough to just keep it secure. You should know when a user accesses this data when he or she does not have any legitimate business reason to access it.
Save on costs: You do not have to buy hardware or pay for software licenses. Instead, you can replace the upfront capital with variable operating expense, usually at a discounted rate compared to the upfront costs.