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What is a Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP)?

Posted by Meaghan Moraes on May 24, 2017

What is a Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP)

It’s no secret that business as we know it is wrought with cyber threats: the news headlines and stacks of stats speak volumes. Today, security services are becoming a must-have, causing organizations of all sizes to increasingly seek out and lean on trusted security partners to manage vulnerabilities. What’s more, this new shift is opening a huge opportunity for managed IT service providers (MSPs).

At this point, many MSPs are throwing around the term “MSSP,” squeezing an extra “S” into their title to represent their clients’ elevated need for security services. The big issue at hand, however, is that this role is sometimes misunderstood. 

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Topics: Cybersecurity and Threat Management, Managed Security Services

How to Explain WannaCry to Your End Users

Posted by Meaghan Moraes on May 16, 2017

How to Explain WannaCry to Your End Users

Despite the term “cyber attack” now being virtually synonymous with “modern business,” the world has never seen anything like WannaCry before. This new strain of ransomware, also known as WanaCrypt0r and WCry, recently hit computers in 99 countries, spurring 75,000 cases of the ransomware around the world. It was a big one—the big one.

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Topics: Industry News, Information Security, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

The Top 5 IT Security Skills SMBs Need in 2017 [CHART]

Posted by Lily Teplow on May 5, 2017

The Top 5 IT Security Skills SMBs Need in 2017 - CHART

Cybersecurity is not a new concept, but it is taking on new importance this year. Today’s digital organizations are driven by new technology and dependent on orderly data, and everyday life seems to be increasingly happening on top of connected infrastructures. The risks posed by cybersecurity attacks are monumental, but to mitigate those risks, new skills are needed.

However, modern businesses, specifically small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are struggling to keep up with the cybersecurity skills required to secure IT infrastructures, respond to incoming threats and ensure proper operations. According to CompTIA’s recent report, The Evolution of Security Skills, between 18 and 32 percent of companies say that they need significant improvement to existing security expertise across various topics. So, with the apparent need for improved security skills, how can you present your managed IT services to prospective clients as a solution for bridging this widening security skills gap?

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Topics: Sales and Marketing, Cybersecurity and Threat Management, MSP Sales Chart

Backup to the Future Part VII: How BDR Fits into the Emerging Security Spectrum

Posted by Joseph Tavano on May 3, 2017

Backup to the Future Part VII: How BDR Fits into the Emerging Security SpectrumWith more and more horrifying stories of massive security breaches, insidious ransomware attacks and devious phishing schemes being reported every day, 2017 may be remembered as the year security became the most trending topic in the IT channel. Cybercrime has changed in recent years, becoming easier to execute and easier to profit from than ever. And while large organizations must remain ever-vigilant against attacks, SMBs—once considered relatively “safe” from the effects of cybercrime (too small to draw attention, etc.)—must now protect themselves just as diligently, or risk losing everything.

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Topics: Backup and Disaster Recovery, Continuity247, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

Orange Is the New Hack: 3 Cybersecurity Lessons for MSPs

Posted by Meaghan Moraes on May 2, 2017

Orange Is the New Hack: 3 Cybersecurity Lessons for MSPs

Hype surrounding the Netflix original series, Orange Is the New Black, got several shades darker this past weekend when a hacker literally stole the show. The hacker, who goes by “thedarkoverlord,” obtained and shared the first ten episodes of the coming season of Orange Is the New Black on Saturday after Netflix failed to meet their ransom requests.

The hack occurred at the postproduction company Larson Studios, a popular digital-mixing service in Los Angeles for television networks and movie studios. Thedarkoverlord also claimed to have stolen unreleased content from ABC, Fox, National Geographic and IFC, and threatened ransomware attacks on these networks, as well. The theft is merely the latest in a long line of ransomware attacks by cybercriminals over the past year. Specifically, this new development provides a perfect opportunity for managed IT services providers (MSPs) to ensure that clients are adopting a multi-layered approach to IT security.

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Topics: Industry News, Information Security, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

7 Red Flags MSPs Should Identify to Reduce Cyber Attacks

Posted by Chris Thompson on April 27, 2017

7 Red Flags MSPs Should Identify to Reduce Cyber Attacks

Email hacking is one of the most common forms of cyber attacks today. It takes place every day and throughout the world. You may be familiar with the email attack that occurred in 2016 during the Presidential Election. John Podesta fell for a phishing attack, which led to the release of a decade’s worth of emails. The hacker posed as Google and alerted Podesta to change his password because of suspicious activity on his account. By clicking on the link within the email, hackers were granted full access to his inbox.

Situations like this happen to businesses of all sizes, and the rate of these cyber attacks is only increasing. As an MSP, your goal is to protect businesses against these attacks, which can be difficult if the employees are not properly trained to identify potential threats. People are tricked into giving hackers information because they are not aware of the warning signs to look out for. However, here is a list of seven red flags to look out for and include in your security training for your clients.

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Topics: Information Security, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

An MSP’s Guide to Combatting SMB Cybersecurity Challenges

Posted by Meaghan Moraes on April 7, 2017

An MSP’s Guide to Combatting SMB Cybersecurity Challenges

Ever since the internet became an indispensable tool in the business world, security risks have continued to grow more profound. Today, malware—specifically ransomware—is the biggest money-maker for cybercriminals in history. These types of attacks are real threats that no business can afford to ignore, especially small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

Due to limited budget, bandwidth and resources, SMBs combat IT issues differently than large enterprises. Cybersecurity is a top concern for SMBs in particular, as this group is faced with the following challenges:

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Topics: SMB Trends, Cybersecurity and Threat Management, Managed Security Services

4 Reasons Cybercriminals Have an Edge and How MSPs Can Shift the Dynamic

Posted by Scott Spiro on March 30, 2017

4 Reasons Cybercriminals Have an Edge and How MSPs Can Shift the Dynamic

Did you know that six years ago, cybersecurity didn’t even rank in the top ten risks prioritized by company boards? Today, we live in a world where cybercriminals seem to have the advantage as they continually find new ways to steal sensitive information. Despite organizations across the globe spending more than ever to manage cyber risk, attackers continue to get through.

So, what has caused cybercriminals to now have the upper hand? This is exactly the question that is answered in a recent report by Intel Security and McAfee. These new findings tell us that it could come down to misaligned incentives between the attacker and the defenders. For MSPs, this presents new opportunities to restructure services and internal processes to incentivize innovation and improve security services.

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Topics: Industry News, Cybersecurity and Threat Management, Managed Security Services

Breaking Down the Dangers of Social Engineering

Posted by Lily Teplow on March 24, 2017

Breaking Down the Dangers of Social-Engineering

By now, we’re all familiar with the type of hacker who uses their technical skills to infiltrate computer systems and compromise sensitive data. It’s seen in news headlines across the globe today. However, there’s now another type of hacker who uses special tactics to exploit the one weakness that every organization has: human psychology.

This is more commonly known as social engineering, which is the art of manipulating people so they give up confidential information. Not only are social engineering attacks becoming more common against small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), they’re also becoming more sophisticated. This makes things very tough for the MSPs that aim to serve and protect those SMB clients. So, in order to stay a few steps ahead of cybercriminals, here’s what you should know about social engineering attacks and how MSPs can help prevent clients from falling victim to them.

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Topics: Industry News, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

Overcoming Cybersecurity Challenges with Managed IT Services

Posted by Lily Teplow on March 16, 2017

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If there is one thing we can be certain about when it comes to cybersecurity, it’s that the landscape will remain dynamic and turbulent over the coming years. Today, news headlines are dominated by cyberattacks and breaches that span across all industries – causing security to be top of mind for almost all businesses. However, these headlines don’t seem to be slowing down, which means that businesses are still struggling to keep up with the rapidly evolving threat landscape.

So, what are the biggest obstacles businesses face in achieving a stronger cybersecurity posture, and how are MSPs best-suited to help clients and prospects overcome these obstacles?

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Cybersecurity and Threat Management, Managed Security Services

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