Overseas outsourcing and protecting client data
Outsourcing internationally can drastically reduce costs, enabling startups and established companies alike to allocate resources more effectively. This cost-effectiveness isn't just about getting the job done for less; it's about leveraging global talent to innovate and grow in ways previously thought unattainable due to budget constraints.

A developer coding in a faraway landA recent conversation with a client highlighted this trend: a software web app project quoted at $150,000 in the US was completed for one tenth the cost by a company in South America. In this case, the economic benefits are clear but there can be a host of other issues in outsourcing overseas related differences in time zones, cultural differences and language barriers. The old adage says, “you get what you pay for.”

However, with great savings comes great responsibility. I worked with another client for whom we audited an outsourced project and uncovered several security issues. Most critical of which was not using encryption between a mobile app and their back-end services. This puts client data at risk by potentially exposing it to third parties as data moves across the internet. In addition, I found other issues like insecure cloud configurations and checking in sensitive data in code repositories. If exploited, these vulnerabilities can tarnish a company’s reputation and lead to financial and legal repercussions.

The allure of building projects at a low cost can sometimes overshadow the due diligence required to follow industry best practices to protect client data. This is where the role of an Information Technology Consulting firm becomes crucial. Our expertise lies not just in understanding the technical landscape but in foreseeing potential pitfalls in outsourced projects. Here are some of the services we provide to ensure that your team adheres to industry-standard security best practices:

  • Thorough review of code repositories and cloud configurations
  • Vulnerability scanning and detection
  • Static source code analysis
  • Penetration testing

While outsourcing overseas offers an attractive avenue for cost savings and access to a global talent pool, it's imperative to not let the economic benefits overshadow the importance of security. By partnering with an experienced IT consulting firm businesses can enjoy the best of both worlds: economic efficiency and uncompromised security.

Aurelius Solutions can help improve your application security. Schedule a free consultation session with us to find out how.

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