Many companies depend on an MSP for cyber protection. As the cyberthreat landscape continually evolves, many MSPs struggle to stay ahead of new threats. Cybercriminals have found ways to successfully attack the platforms that service providers use to run their business to gain access to both an MSP’s data as well as their clients’.
MSPs can begin planning and benchmarking their cyber-protection posture and potentially achieve lower risk by implementing Stage 1: Prevention. Proactively protect your data, systems and applications by preventing attacks from happening in the first place by adopting the following measures:
- Vulnerability assessment. To detect and diminish potential risks, systematically review security weaknesses in information systems.
- Patch management. Patching known vulnerabilities minimizes the risk surface exposure of an organization. Create an image backup of selected devices before installing an application or system patch.
- Data loss prevention. Monitoring and blocking sensitive data while in use and at rest will prevent data breaches and transmission to bad external actors.
- Collaboration tools protection. Hardening rules for specific applications such as Teams and Zoom extend protection to all critical applications – especially in the remote realm.
- Security awareness training. The safety of company data and information is often determined by how well prepared and trained employees are to recognize cyberattacks and follow internal processes with security in mind.