SLA 101: What to Look for in a Service-Level Agreement
Source: IDG (International Data Group)
Many IT administrators aren't comfortable handing over control of the most critical security components of their infrastructure. But in recent years, security outsourcing has become a popular and viable means of lowering the cost of perimeter security management. Anyone thinking about outsourcing such a mission-critical aspect of their network should understand in detail the potential implications to their IT security infrastructure and their company as a whole. One of the biggest differences among providers of security services is the Service-Level Agreement (SLA). This paper will dive deep into the various aspects of the SLA and attempt to explain in details what the SLA should contain and why each of the items is necessary.