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Thycotic research shows 70% of organisations will be using Security-as-a-Service by 2021

Thycotic research shows 70% of organisations will be using Security-as-a-Service by 2021

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Thycotic, a provider of privileged access management (PAM) solutions to 10,000 organisations worldwide, including 15% of the Fortune 1000, released the findings from its 2019 Global Research Report: “Security-as-a-Service on the Rise,” which is based on interviews with IT managers and technology decision makers at the KuppingerCole European Identity and Cloud conference in Munich in May.

Stemming from the research, respondents surveyed indicated they are turning to cloud-based security services to help keep up with rapidly escalating threats, costs and a lack of staff resources with cybersecurity expertise.

Focusing on how organisations rely on Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS) software, as well as Managed Security Service Providers or MSSPs, results from the survey show:

  • Two out of three organisations are already adopting Security-as-a-Service or will in the next 12 months
  • By 2021 more than 70% of companies will be using Security-as-a-Service
  • Organisations are choosing Security-as-a-Service for reduced costs, faster IT services delivery and greater flexibility
  • MSSPs offer a viable option for those lacking security expertise

“The KuppingerCole conference in Munich provided an ideal opportunity to obtain a global perspective from leading IT and security professionals on how cloud-based software and MSSPs are impacting their cyber security practices,” said Joseph Carson, Chief Security Scientist at Thycotic.

According to Carson, “Organisations typically use Security-as-a-Service solutions to limit or eliminate the need for on-premise hardware, software or specialised skilled resources.”

SECaaS is typically billed on a subscription or pay as you go model that reduces or avoids significant upfront capital costs. Managed Security Service Providers provide Software-as-a-Service in addition to specific skilled resources often run from a centralised Security Operations Centre.

The Thycotic survey results are summarised and organised in the report around the following three major takeaways:

  1. Organisations are moving to Security-as-a-Service for reduced costs, faster IT services delivery, greater flexibility
  2. Security-as-a-Service is considered more secure, fail proof and less costly than on-prem solutions
  3. You no longer need to be the expert for everything cybersecurity in order to properly protect your organisation

“In another interesting result, the survey showed the security functions most frequently moved to Cloud-as-a-Service were led by Privileged Account Management and Identity Access Management (IAM). 

“This reflects the growing interest we see from our prospects and customers in Thycotic’s Secret Server Cloud PAM solution and our Privilege Manager Cloud endpoint protection solution,” added Carson.

To obtain a complimentary copy of the full report from Thycotic, visit

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